David Harper

Senior Pastor

Saved between his junior and senior years of high school, David Harper graduated from Tucson High in 1965. Hungering for the Word of God as a new babe in Christ, he attended Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta, Canada and subsequently completed the four-year Bible Missionary Training course in 1969.  After graduation he moved to Wimer, Oregon and served as Minister of Youth & Music at Evans Valley Bible Church until 1972 when he moved to Bob Jones University. At BJU he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1976 and a Master of Arts Degree in 1978.  In 1979 he married his friend and sweetheart, Elaine.   They remained at Bob Jones on faculty and staff until 1983 when they moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky to plant Heritage Baptist Church.  While serving in Kentucky they were blessed with the arrival of their daughter Brittany. After almost nine years of ministry at Heritage, they moved to Wakarusa in 1992 where Pastor Harper assumed the Senior Pastor position at Bible Baptist. It has been a “good fit” for the Harper Family and the folks at Bible Baptist.  The church has experienced growth and blessing as pastor and people have served together.  God’s gracious hand has been evident in the ministry for over two decades and the future of the ministry in Wakarusa is as bright as the promises of God.… Read More

Jeremy Chesley

Visitation/Outreach Pastor

Jeremy grew up here in Wakarusa, and trusted Christ at a young age while attending a church camp. As he matured, he sensed the Lord working in his life and calling him into the ministry. He graduated with both a Bachelors (2006) and Masters (2009) degree in Pastoral Studies. Jeremy has completed two church internships, both of which were here at Bible Baptist. He has counseling experiences from summers spent at Christian camps, as well as six years of ministry at a homeless mission while in school. Most recently, Jeremy ministered part-time at Bible Baptist Church while working a secular job in town. In 2013 Jeremy came on staff full-time as outreach and visitation pastor.

Karina grew up in Washington State, in a Christian home, and she came to know the Lord at a young age. During her teen years she was able to go on several mission trips that have taken her to Europe and Scandinavia. Years later, she committed to following Christ in whatever way He would lead. That turned out to mean pursuing a degree in Christian Ministry, which she completed in 2004, and in 2006 she also earned a Bachelors degree in Practical Christian Training. During her summers in college, Karina worked at a Christian camp where she was involved in counseling and kitchen work. She also enjoyed traveling on a mission trip.

Jeremy and Karina met during their first year of college and were married in July of 2006. They have two children, Carson (born in October 2009) and Holden (born in May 2015). They have enjoyed seeing the hand of God lead and provide as they serve Him together. Jeremy and Karina are especially thankful for the opportunity to minister at Bible Baptist and are earnestly praying to see God do great things in this place.… Read More