This column, sponsored by Randall House Publications, features a different Free Will Baptist pastor or leader in each issue.
To nominate a leader for spotlight, contact Danny Conn.
Leadership comes in all forms and sizes, but the results are always the same. Leaders
influence behavior and make a difference in other people’s lives. Profiling leaders
shows a variety and diverse combination of traits and characteristics, but impacting
lives is always a common theme.
A native Ohioan, Pete Dunn has lived and worked in the
same community since he was nine years old. Pete currently
serves as the federal programs coordinator for Western
Local School District, but has previously worked as a
school administrator, principal, and teacher of third and
fourth graders. He also applies those administrative and
educational skills in his other role as pastor of Dailyville Free
Will Baptist Church in Waverly, Ohio.
Pete has been a part of the Dailyville Church
for almost 29 years and has been their pastor for the last four years. People often recognize
Pete and are influenced by his leadership in the community as well as among
various Christian organizations.
Known for his creative sermon series and teaching abilities, he recently developed a
sermon series to include CSI-type investigations of the blood of the sacrifices made in
the Bible. He illustrated them by pointing to the cross where it is noted no murder was
committed. Rather, he defined the fact that Jesus willingly died for us.
Quiet time routine: Typically the dining table in the evening (sometimes during
Ideal date with wife: Sitting at home watching a romantic movie.
Kids (with a one-word description) of each: Allison (10), beautiful; Ryan (8), inquisitive
Goals for church: Build solid Christians who feed on God’s Word daily through
education in the Sunday School.
Favorite three books: The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis, The Listener by Terry Blackstock,
and The Orchard by Elissa Morgan.
Current/Recent reading: The Shack, and rereading Pilgrims Progress
Biggest failure: Not putting family high enough on the priority list.
Where success is found: Recognizing that God brings very talented people around
to help build His kingdom so the leader does not have to do it all.
Why Free Will Baptist? Truth is not watered down and beliefs are accurate, as he
understands God’s Word.
If stranded on an island, what 3 things Pete would NOT want: grass (hates to mow), cats
or dogs, and telephone.
Three things Pete would want: laptop (has his Bible on it), family, and people from
Pete is a creative leader who motivates people with his loving spirit and study of the
Word. He reads more and more, and watches TV less and less. Pete knows the value
of interacting with family is far more vital than people think.
Pete Dunn, you are a great leader!