Pastors

APBC is led by a plurality of pastors. We believe the New Testament affirms two offices in the local church, pastors and deacons. Concerning pastors, the Bible uses three interchangeable terms to describe the office of pastor: pastor, elder and overseer. Our pastors serve together to shepherd APBC by teaching the Word of God, leading and equipping the church for ministry, providing pastoral care, and praying for the church. 

  • Don gale

    Don began serving as a pastor of Audubon Park Baptist Church on March 25, 2018. A primary area of ministry Don gives oversight to is the music of the church. Don is involved in helping lead our congregation toward singing Christ honoring songs when we gather for worship. He became a Christian in college, and soon thereafter was discipled by his pastor who taught him the doctrines of the Christian faith. Don earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Memphis, as well as a Master's in English. He works full time in Finance at Fedex. He's married to Megan, and they have three children, Eden, Owen, and Henry. 

  • dallas pitts

    Dallas began serving as a pastor of Audubon Park Baptist Church on March 25, 2018. Dr. Pitts was converted and baptized at eight years old at Canaan Baptist Church in Columbus, Mississippi and responded to the call to ministry at seventeen. Upon moving to Memphis after college and a semester working in the U.K., he met his wife Stefanie, and they married in 2009. God has blessed the Pitts with three daughters Emma, Lily, and Gwendolyn. In 2013, Dr. Pitts completed a PhD in Theology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and he  works at The Baptist College of Health Sciences where he is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Chairman of General Education and Health Studies. 

  • rich shadden

    Rich began serving as senior pastor of Audubon Park Baptist Church on October 9, 2011. Dr. Shadden's primary responsibilities include preaching/teaching, vision casting, and the day to day administrative responsibilities of the church. By God's grace, he became a follower of Jesus when he was 16 years old. Dr. Shadden holds a M.Div. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Mid-America. He also serves as the Coordinator for the Bethlehem College & Seminary Memphis Extension that meets at APBC, and is an Adjunct Professor of Theology for BCS. He and his wife Kristy have four children, Luke, Eliza, Isaac, and Silas.