Dr. Dennis Wiles was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1981. He earned both a M.Div. (1985) and a Ph.D. (1992) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His doctoral degree is in the field of Church History with a concentration in American Christianity.
Dr. Wiles has served as pastor of churches in Oklahoma, Alabama and Texas. In August of 2001, he was called as the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Arlington, Texas after serving for six years at First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama.
In the past ten years, FBC Arlington has experienced a 60% increase in weekend attendance. It has expanded its ministry base by gaining over 1700 new members, purchasing new property to now include 6 ½ blocks in downtown Arlington, establishing the Christian Women’s Job Corps of Greater Arlington, overseeing 304 apartment churches through Mission Arlington, sponsoring Living Hope Ministries, a ministry designed to assist homosexuals in discovering healing and hope, establishing the Center for Counseling and Enrichment and initiating a global missions effort that now includes both short-term mission efforts and career missionary appointments.
After years of leading mission teams to Mexico, Europe, Costa Rica, Asia and Africa, Dr. Wiles and Cindy led FBC Arlington to establish Global Connection Partnership Network (GCPN), a church-based mission network that provides training for cross-cultural workers and equips churches in sending them to the field. Their leadership in the church-based approach in missions sending was recently recognized as they were awarded the 2007 George W. Truett Award for Excellence in Ministry by The Baptist Standard and Baylor University at the 2007 meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Dr. Wiles currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for GCPN.
He and his wife, Cindy, have two children – Hannah and Josiah. Dr. Wiles enjoys reading, golf, running and watching Auburn football!