David Platt is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is disciple-making — the simple, biblical model of teaching God’s Word, mentoring others and sharing faith. He has traveled extensively to teach the Bible alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. Atlanta natives, he and his wife, Heather, made their home in New Orleans, until they were displaced by flooding following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In 2006, David became the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He was elected IMB president Aug. 27, 2014.
A lifelong learner, David earned bachelor of arts and bachelor of arts in journalism degrees from the University of Georgia. He earned master of divinity, master of theology and doctor of philosophy degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as dean of chapel and assistant professor of expository preaching and apologetics, and as staff evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans. David is the author of several books, Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me and Counter Culture. He is the founder of Radical, a ministry devoted to disseminating disciple-making resources, so the Gospel might be made known to the ends of the earth.
David and his wife, Heather, have four children: Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth and Isaiah.