Church Staff and Leadership

Meet Our Staff

Dean Dickens – Pastor in the Interim

Dr. G. Dean Dickens has been Agape’s Pastor in the Interim (Intentional Interim Minister) since November 2013.  He and Karr La have just retired from 28 years of missionary service mixed with pastoring in Dallas.  For many years, his great love has been cross-cultural preaching training primarily in developing countries and with a focus upon those with little or no education and resources.  He and Karr La have been married 44 years and have three married children scattered across the world.  His hobbies are golf—and looking for his lost golf balls.

Erica Whitaker – Interim Minister of Outreach

Erica was born in Sweetwater, TX and spent the end of her childhood years in Brownwood, TX.   Traveling across the United States  with her family, she lived in many states like Alabama, Florida, Kansas and Colorado.  Erica received a Bachelor of Science in Radio, Television and Film with a minor in French from the University of North Texas in 2009.  She is in her final year of working on her Master of Divinty at Truett Seminary.  Erica and her husband, Josh, live with their dog, Fred, in Grand Prarie.    Erica loves being active especially running in half marathons and mud runs.  Follow her on instagram and twitter @ runnerlover3015.

Church Leadership

Agape Baptist Church highly values a Christian doctrine called “The Priesthood of All Believers.” Agape, then, is democratic in polity and is not subject to the control of any other ecclesiastical body. Decisions related to the ministries, programs, finances, and other resources rest with the active church membership and are made during business conferences of the Church membership each month. The church is blessed with a great number of leaders serving together on mission.