Dunwoody Baptist Church has a rich and wonderful history. God has always had His hand in and around this place. In 1958, a young Georgia Tech architectural student named Andrew L. Smith was called to fill the vacant pulpit of the seventy two year old First Baptist Church of Dunwoody. The church was located across from Dunwoody Village on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. Over the next few years, FBC Dunwoody experienced new life with the construction of I-285. The interstate brought with it prime spots for development.
As the church and the surrounding area grew, it was questioned if FBC Dunwoody was properly equipped to handle the growth. Wieuca Road Baptist Church, led by Dr. J.T. Ford, responded to a request from the FBC Dunwoody for assistance and advice on how to meet the growing needs of the bustling area. It was decided that the ministry needed to grow. In January 1961, a contract was negotiated for 18.75 acres at the corner of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Mt. Vernon Road for a total price of $46,000. Dunwoody Chapel came into being on June 14, 1961 and was led by Interim Pastor Dr. Solomon F. Dowis, a dedicated veteran minister.
Rev. R. Denard Spear, Jr. began his nine year ministry in September 1963. With 290 members moving to the building at the new location, the Chapel was constituted as Dunwoody Baptist Church on March 15, 1964. Rev. Spear’s ministry saw many changes at DBC: the church grew from 290 members to more than 1,050, the facilities more than doubled in size, and an athletic field and a Kindergarten were added. Also, the Missions Ministry became a priority with 20% of undesignated gifts going directly to missions. Rev. Spear resigned as pastor in the fall of 1972 to further his theological studies.
In May of 1973, Dr. James S. Chavis, Jr. began his ministry as Dunwoody Baptist's Senior Pastor. Under his leadership, the church assembled a capable staff, strengthened its evangelistic outreach, and began a time of rapid growth. A new Family Life Center was built as was a beautiful sanctuary with a seating capacity of 900. Later building programs included a music building, a children’s building, and the Cecil B. Day Wellness Center. Continuing its emphasis on missions, Dunwoody Baptist Church established four new churches: North River Baptist Church, Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, Alabama Road Baptist Church, and Jamerson Road Baptist Church.
Dr. Daniel Vestal began his ministry as Senior Pastor in October of 1988. Under Dr. Vestal's leadership, Dunwoody Baptist engaged in a long-range planning and evangelistic outreach program using the Sunday School program as the avenue for church growth. Dr. Vestal promoted public worship, a commitment to world missions, and ministering to the community. His gifts as a strong biblical preacher, compassionate pastor, and his mission-minded leadership provided a solid foundation for church growth. In 1991 Dr. Vestal resigned to accept the pastorate of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Jim Johnson became Senior Pastor in June of 1992. During his nine and a half years at Dunwoody Baptist Church, Dr. Johnson brought about significant change. He introduced a contemporary worship service and he implemented a Discovering DBC Class designed with the “seeker” in mind. Dr. Johnson also developed an effective small group ministry and spearheaded a Capital Stewardship Campaign that led to the building of a new Chapel and children's area. In January 2002, Dr. Johnson began a new church, Preston Trail Community Church, in Frisco, Texas.
Dr. Allen Jackson, a former Minister with Students, became the Interim Pastor at Dunwoody Baptist in 2002. Dr. Jackson, a professor at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, commuted each weekend for twenty months to lead Dunwoody Baptist Church in worship and study.
In November 2003, God called Dr. Mack Hannah to be Senior Pastor at Dunwoody Baptist Church. Prior to his role at DBC, Dr. Hannah was Vice President of Spiritual Development at Belmont University and Pastor of Harpeth Heights Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee for 16 years. Dr. Hannah's ministry continues to focus on missions and outreach. Dunwoody Baptist Church assigns 17% of undesignated gifts to go directly to the Missions Ministry. In the spring of 2006, Dr. Hannah led Dunwoody Baptist through a successful Capital Stewardship Campaign that raised over $4.5 million for church improvements.