Dr. Darran Whiting is a native of Linn County. He earned his high school diploma from Grace Baptist School in Marion, and he received his Bachelor of Biblical Studies and Master of Divinity degrees from Bethany Divinity College and Theological Seminary in Dothan, Alabama. He earned his Doctor of Ministry from Slidell Baptist Seminary in Slidell, Louisiana.
Pastor Whiting has been a senior pastor since 1990. He started Calvary Baptist Church in August 1996 and continues to pastor the church which changed its name to Liberty Baptist Church in 2010.
Pastor Whiting and his wife Ronda have been married since May 1992. They have three grown sons.