staff & leadership

The staff and leadership here at Poplar Springs is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. if you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at 706.965.4461 or email us at

  • dave hawkins

    interim pastor

    David graduated from Columbia Bible College and Seminary; and over the course of the first 18 years of his ministry, he served on staff in 3 churches. The past 11+ years, David has been traveling to the Caribbean and West Africa to teach and train indigenous pastors the Word of God. His desire is to disciple, educate, and equip the church to be about God's mission. Here is a link from his current ministry providing more information about him:

    David has received interim pastor training from Tennessee Baptist Association and has served as an interim pastor once before. As an interim pastor, he will teach the Word and will also aim to build relationships. 

    David and his wife Vickie have been married for 42 years. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. 

  • joel denton

    worship pastor

    Joel is a native of Chattanooga, TN. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and has completed graduate studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Currently, Mr. Denton serves as Director of Bands at Ooltewah High School, a position he has held for the past twenty-nine years. Under his direction, the Ooltewah Band has achieved a national reputation for musical excellence. The Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts has twice honored him for outstanding teaching and mentoring. He was an adjunct staff member for the Chattanooga Boys Choir from 1996-2002, working as a music theory instructor, vocal coach, and as an assistant director of the choir. He has served as Music Director at Poplar Springs Baptist Church from 1983 to present. He is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and consultant for bands throughout the nation. He is founder of Covenant Consultants, which works with bands, schools, and professional organizations on developing leadership and teambuilding skills. Joel and Kerry, his wife of twenty-six years, have two children, Alex and Caroline.