Phone: 919-833-4617, ext. 104
David J. Hailey has been pastor of Hayes Barton Baptist Church since 1996. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three children—Bethany, David John, and Susanna. Needless to say, there’s rarely a quiet moment in the Hailey home.
A native Midwesterner, Dave traveled a circuitous route to Raleigh , North Carolina . In search of Baptist higher education, he left the land of Lincoln and journeyed to the Volunteer state. While pursuing his college education at Union University in Jackson , Tennessee , he received a call to serve as Youth Minister of the First Baptist Church in Waverly. He continued to serve that church after he received his Bachelor of Arts degree (1980, summa cum laude) and throughout his years of theological education at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville , Kentucky . These were some of the finest years of his and Susan’s life, providing excellent training for ministry and developing friendships for a lifetime.
Both Dave and Susan received degrees from Southern Seminary—Susan a Master of Arts in Christian Education (1983) and Dave a Master of Divinity (1985). Soon after Dave’s graduation from seminary, they pulled up their roots, packed up their belongings and brand new baby girl, and moved to the Peach state. They considered Georgia home for eleven years, serving two churches— First Baptist Church in Pelham and Highland Hills Baptist Church in Macon . These were special years for the Haileys. Believe it or not, they added another child in each church! Dave grew as a minister and was offered numerous opportunities to serve the local Baptist Association and the Georgia Baptist Convention. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Seminary (1991). Susan not only involved herself in the life and work of the church, but also began her career as a public school teacher. In 1995 she was elected president of the Georgia Baptist Ministers Wives’ Association.
The Hailey family felt the call of God leading them to Hayes Barton Baptist in 1996. Though not native North Carolinians , they have grown to love the Tar Heel state with all its wonderful people. Vacations to both the mountains and the beach have created family memories for a lifetime. Cheering for their respective favorite ACC basketball teams has become a family tradition. Although family members may wear different colors, they are united in their declaration that Raleigh is HOME!