Pastor Dennis Blankenship served in the United States Air Force, in the 80’s. After separating from the USAF Dennis became an assistant pastor at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Bossier City, Louisiana. During this time, he also served as the Chaplin for the Bossier Parish prison system. Dennis received his formal education from Louisiana Baptist University where he holds a BA in Biblical Studies, and a MA in Christian Counseling. Dennis was ordained as a minister in 1995.
In 1997 Dennis became the Senior Pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church. At Shady Grove Baptist Church, he had an active preaching, teaching, and counseling ministry. He also taught classes at Louisiana Baptist University, and had a weekly ‘Timothy class’ which equipped men to teach others also. During a missionary presentation, Pastor Dennis answered the call of missions to South Sudan, Africa. In 2008 he and his wife stepped out into missions, and started South Sudan Independent Baptist Ministries, establish several local New Testament Baptist churches, and a Bible Institute for training pastors, which continues today under South Sudanese leadership. After four years in Africa, God called Dennis back to the United States to pastor, and he returned to America and became the head pastor of Bible Fellowship Baptist Church, in Sacramento, California on October 2013
Pastor Dennis and his wife, Karen, married in 1982. They have three children and eight grandchildren.