B.A., Georgia State University; M.A., M.Div., Luther Rice Seminary; Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
David and his parents came to the U.S. in 1974 from Spain, after his parents fled the Communist regime in Cuba, and have lived in Georgia for over forty years. His father was a pastor of a local Spanish-speaking congregation. David was born again at an early age and served most of his young life at the local church his father pastored.
After graduating from Georgia State University with a degree in History, David taught high school students a variety of history, economics and political science courses and coached the Speech and Debate team and the Model United Nations team. In March 2002, he was recognized as one of the year’s Star Teacher’s in Cobb County.
In 2002, David was elected Georgia’s first Latino Republican legislator. In his eighth term in the Georgia House of Representatives, he has served in a variety of standing committees and has sponsored various pieces of legislation, including the state’s first school choice measures. In 2008, he received the honor of being name the Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council.
In 2008, David left the school system and came to Berea full-time as Academic Dean and instructor of various biblical studies and theology courses. In 2010, he was elected President of Berea and continues to teach as Associate Professor of Biblical Interpretation.
David also went on staff at Luther Rice in the summer of 2011 as Assistant to President James Flanagan and now as Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Old Testament, while he continues his roles as state legislator and president of Berea.
David and his wife, Ann, have two children and gather at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Sandy Springs. He was ordained to the ministry in 1993 and graduated from Luther Rice Seminary in 2010 with a Master of Arts degree and in 2012 with a Master of Divinity degree. He earned his Ph.D. in Old Testament and Hebrew at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017 under Dr. Russell Fuller.
Please visit the following links for more of Dr. Casas’ published works and writings.
God’s Image-The Difference Maker, October 1, 2014
Click here to read a chapter written by Dr. Casas in the book Searching for Adam, Master Books, 2016