Dale Bigham

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Dennis Dale Bigham

(Independent Baptist clergyman in Amarillo, Texas)

Political party Republican[1]

Born April 4, 1952
Abilene, Texas

Resident of Amarillo, Texas

Spouse Janet Yvonne Bigham (married 1971)

Children:
Jeremy Dale Bigham
Holly L. Bigham
Janell Denise Bigham Cash

Dennis Dale Bigham, known as Dale Bigham (born April 4, 1952),[1] is an Independent Baptist clergyman in Amarillo, Texas. From 1981 until his retirement in 2015, he was the senior pastor of the Arden Road Baptist Church. He is now the pastor-emeritus.

A native of Abilene, Texas, Bigham attended Snyder High School in Snyder in Scurry County, Texas, and Marshfield High School in Marshfield in Webster County in the Missouri Ozarks. He graduated from the fundamentalist Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.[2]In the 1970s, Bigham was employed by the Thorington Road Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Montgomery, Alabama.[3]

In 1981, while a church youth director, accepted the pastorate of Grace Baptist Church in Amarillo, which in 1986 was relocated and expanded as the Arden Road Baptist Church. When Bigham became pastor, the church had twelve in attendance in one Sunday school and twenty-six in the congregation assembled for morning preaching. Bigham said the Lord Jesus Christ has called numerous persons from Arden Road Baptist Church to full-time service,. The church developed a significant missions program and grew from an average Sunday morning attendance of 93 in 1982 to more than 500.[4]

In 2013, Bigham began to contemplate retirement after then thirty-two years at Grace and Arden Road churches. He proposed to the deacons that Aaron Denson, a former Arden Road youth pastor, who later pastored congregations in Hobbs, New Mexico, and Lubbock, Texas, be first considered to choose a new Arden Road pastor. After Denson agreed to return to the Amarillo congregation in 2015, when Bigham stepped down, two other contenders were not interviewed. Denson said: “It is an honor to follow the man I call pastor. By God’s grace it is our desire to carry on what God has been building for many, many years.”[4]

Bigham and his wife, Janet Yvonne Bigham, have three children, Jeremy Dale Bigham (born March 11, 1972), Holly L. Bigham (born c. 1974), and Janell Denise Cash (born 1976), who is married to Richard Matthew Cash (born November 22, 1974) of Amarillo.[5] They remain members at Arden Road, at which they assist other churches with interim pastoral needs in their transition processes.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dale Bingham. Mylife.com. Retrieved on March 29, 2018.
  2. Dale Bigham. Facebook. Retrieved on April 20, 2018.
  3. Dale Bigham Amarillo, TX. Intelius.com. Retrieved on March 29, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dalebighamministries.org. Retrieved on March 29, 2018.
  5. Biography: Dale Bigham Ministries. Dalebighamministries.org. Retrieved on March 29, 2018.