Elder Dave Draper Jr. is a man of God with a passion for lost soul, a man of faith and called by God for spiritual warfare in such a time as this.Elder Draper was born in Triana Alabama in 1949; shortly after his birth he contracted an unknown illness which caused sores to cover his body. With no money for a doctor his mother could only watch him die. Only a few months old and the devil was trying to steal his destiny, yet God had another plan for his life. His mother (Willie Mae Draper) not a Christian at the time prayed to God and asked God to heal her baby, and if He would heal him “she would live for God the rest of her life.” Miracoulsy God healed Dave Jr. and today his mother has kept her promise for over 58 years. Pastor Draper is a former drug addict who God delivered from a life of
drugs and alcohol addiction in 1981. In 1983 Elder Draper met the love of his life (Linda Watson),
and after a short courtship they married that same year. They have three wonderful sons Jonathan,
Justin, and Darius all who work beside their parents in ministry.
In 1982 he was appointed by the Huntsville District as Producer and Director of the “Living Water Television Ministry.” At the time this weekly live television program it was the only live African American produced television ministry in the city of Huntsville, Alabama. He also has a radio ministry on WEUP 1700 AM “Voice of Deliverance” which is the longest running Christian radio program in Huntsville, Alabama (34 years, started by his father in 1963.
In 1990, Elder Draper accepted his call into the ministry, not knowing then that his calling would later lead him to the leadership of the church his father pastured before his death in 1998. Pastor Draper was licensed to preach one year after his initial message (1991) and
two years later in 1993 he was ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ
(Alabama Jurisdiction One). And in 1998 Elder Draper was appointed Pastor of the
Beirne Avenue Church of God in Christ (Now Draper Memorial Church of God in Christ)
by Bishop O.L. Meadows. In 2008 he had the opportunity to minster in Africa.