David Whipple was the first layman to serve on the council. Elected in 2002 he served as chairman on both the finance and the building committees. He managed the construction of the new addition to the service center in 2006-2007. In November of 2007, David and his wife Diana were honored with the Aquila & Priscilla Award. This is the highest honor presented by Baptist Church Planters, to men and women committed to church planting efforts in the United States. In 2007 David closed his construction business in New York and accepted the position of Business Manager and Treasurer of Baptist Church Planters. In 2009, the President appointed him Administrative Vice President and Treasurer. David  serves as the Chairman and Executive Director of ChurchCare, a subsidiary corporation of Baptist Church Planters.  ChurchCare was started in 2004.