CHATTAROY – Chattaroy Missionary Baptist Church (CMBC) is pleased to announce the call of Dr. Garland Dale Carey as pastor. Dale and his wife, Melissa, are both natives of Mingo County. Dale is the son of the late Garland Carey, Jr. of Chattaroy and Beatrice Chafin of Rutledge, TN. Melissa is the daughter of Troy and Darlene Earnest, formerly of Dan’s Branch and current residents of Rural Retreat, VA.
Dale surrendered his life to Jesus Christ on February 24, 1997. He and Melissa were baptized March 9, 1997 at Chattaroy Missionary Baptist Church. On July 16, 1997 Dale received the call to preach. He preached his first sermon August 24, 1997 at Chattaroy. Soon thereafter Dale was ordained as a United Baptist minister and felt led to pastor. He pastored his first church at age 23.
Realizing that his theology and practices aligned more with Southern Baptists, Dale left the United Baptist faith and was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister in 2004. It was also during this time that he sensed a call to transition from a bi-vocational pastor to a fulltime pastor. So he and Melissa moved to Bell County, KY where he attended Bible College. Dale went on to earn three degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Theology (M.Th.), and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.).
Prior to his pastorate at Chattaroy, Dale served as the pastor of four churches: America United Baptist Church, Delbarton, WV; First Baptist Church, Rose Hill, VA; Turner Ridge Baptist Church, Falmouth, KY; and Enterprise Baptist Church, Lowland, TN.
After being away from Southern West Virginia for a little over thirteen years, Dale has now been afforded the opportunity to return home to pastor the church where his ministry began. “Melissa and I are excited and honored to have this opportunity,” Dale remarked. “Most ministers I have been acquainted with dream of returning to their hometown to minister to their own people. I am grateful to be among the select few that God has called to do so.”