Dr. Michael Waldrop, a native of Randolph, MS, is a graduate of Belmont University (Nashville, TN) and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Cordova, TN). He has served in several church ministry positions, including Minister of Music (Neely’s Bend Baptist Church, Madison, TN), Associate Pastor (Randolph Baptist Church, Randolph, MS), and Pastor (Pittsboro First Baptist Church, Pittsboro, MS). Just prior to moving to Utah in 2011, he served from 2006-2011 as the Director of Missions for the Calhoun Baptist Association in Mississippi, leading an association of 47 churches in cooperative missions and ministry. In 2011, Michael and his family moved to Utah for the purpose of working toward a church for God’s glory being planted in St. George. Through this effort involving many people and multiple churches, by the grace and purpose of God, Desert Ridge Baptist Church was constituted on March 31, 2013!
Raised in a Christian home, Michael was saved in 1979, led to the Lord by his parents, Gerald and Sammie Jo. During his teenage years, he began to sense God’s call to serve the church, which eventually led to Michael’s ordination as a gospel preacher in 1993. As he continued to seek the Lord’s will, he became more and more involved in missions, evangelism, and preaching/teaching the Word of God.
Michael’s mission trips have included ministry in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Honduras, Nepal, and Russia. He has written articles published in The Great Commission Research Journal and the Journal of Evangelism and Missions. Studying the Bible and helping others to understand its redemptive message is a passion of Pastor Waldrop.
Interests and hobbies include travel, reading, hiking (especially in the beautiful country around St. George!), and cheering on the Detroit Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. His best friend is his bride since 1994, Hope, and the couple has been blessed with three children, Whit, Jack, and Zoe.
David Bernstein, a descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob according to the flesh, was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1946. David attended Hebrew School from age 8 to 13 when he became a Bar Mitzvah (Son of the Commandments). David attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14. After graduation from Adelphi University in 1968, he served in various ways and locations for 26 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. David retired as a Captain (0-6) in 1994.
David met the love of his life, Aurora in 1987. In 1988, after hearing a clear presentation of the gospel, David confessed his sin, repented and was saved from the wrath of God, surrendering his life to Christ. David and Aurora were married in 1989. They have been studying, serving, teaching and counseling since 1991. Together they have studied at Knox Seminary and taken and taught master’s level training courses in counseling from the Bible. David has been on mission trips to Israel and Cuba and tries not to miss an opportunity to engage in gospel conversations. David was licensed to preach by an SBC-affiliated church in 2008 and was ordained a pastor/elder at DRBC in 2017.
David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Adelphi and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University. He loves to share the things he enjoys with others and is a retired Motorcycle Safety Instructor, a retired SCUBA Diving Instructor and an active Bible teacher, from the pulpit, in small groups and in one-on-one discipleship in order to prepare God’s people for the work of the ministry.
David and Aurora have two lovely married daughters, Nicole and Gina, who are devoted to Christ and to their husbands. And…one lovely, godly granddaughter, Tahlia. David has had the blessing of baptizing and, years later, officiating over the weddings of both Nicole and Gina.
David and Aurora came to the St. George area in 2013 and enjoy observing and getting out into the beauty of God’s breathtaking handiwork in this area. They like to swim, dive, travel, exercise, shoot pool, study God’s word and lead small groups together.