David completed the A. A.
degree at Freed-Hardeman College with an additional year
in Bible. Further work was done at Rio Grande College and
Alabama Christian School of Religion (now Southern
Christian University), where he received the B. A. degree.
David has been in
full-time church work since leaving Freed-Hardeman College
in 1958. His first full-time work was in Point Pleasant,
WV. followed by Gallipolis, OH. He has had two tenures
with the Charlotte Avenue Church in Rock Hill, SC. He was
with Charlotte Avenue for almost 25 years before moving to
Knoxville, TN. in 1988 to serve for about seven years as
Director of East Tennessee School of Preaching. This was
followed by three years with the Clinton, TN. church. His
return to Charlotte Avenue was in 1998.
Pharr retired from full time preaching in February 2009
but continued to preach part time at Charlotte Avenue
until August 2009.
He was editor of
Carolina Christian magazine for a few years. When the
board of directors wanted the publication to take a more
liberal direction he resigned that position and in 1997
he accepted the editorship Carolina Messenger
(formerly Palmetto Messenger). He is a regular
writer for The Spiritual Sword and provides
occasional articles for other publications.
Published books are:
Five Minute Radio Sermons, Modern Messages from the Minor
Prophets, The Beginning of our Confidence, A Happy
Coincidence on a Desert Highway, The Simplicity System,
and Thy Kingdom Come. He has also published
two Bible correspondence courses: “Acts of Apostles” and
“Getting to Know Jesus.”
David has an ongoing
schedule of gospel meetings (“revivals”) and regularly
speaks on various lecture programs.