Captain Dale Parker was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, growing up in Concord and graduating from South Rowan Senior High School in China Grove. He attended Central Piedmont Community College and graduated from Florida Bible College with a B.A. and Th.B. He then received his theological training at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN, where he graduated in 1978 with a Master's degree in Biblical Studies and Theology. He pastored Calvary Baptist Church in Oswego, IN, until his commission into the U.S. Navy in 1984. While in the Navy, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards) and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal. He completed the Naval Postgraduate School at Duke University and studied at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, Israel. In addition to teaching at FBC, he is the pastor of Peninsula Chinese Baptist Church.