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About the Author
Dwight was born in Texas but moved to NW Oklahoma in the fifth grade where he had to convert to Soonerism or die a lonely Longhorn fan. Needless to say, he became a very big OU fan and continues to root for them to this day. He married his high school sweetheart in 1988 and joined the United States Army in 1989. After completing Infantry & Airborne School he was sent to Ft. Bragg N.C. to serve as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. Shortly after arriving at Ft. Bragg, he was sent to Panama to train at the Jungle Operations Training Center just prior to Operation Just Cause. He continued his training and then in 1991 his unit was sent to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His wife Delena moved back to Oklahoma to be with family while he was deployed. He writes about some of his experiences in his first book, Last Days Heroes.
After the first Gulf War ended with a stunning victory, he returned to Ft. Bragg and finished out his time receiving an honorable discharge then moving back to Oklahoma.
They wanted children but this dream eluded them for the first five years of their marriage. But once the reproductive gates finally opened, the kids popped out. Their son Gehrig came first and 10 months later came Ashley. They did wait a couple of years before having another daughter, Brienna. Kids can be difficult to raise, but when their stricken with disease and illnesses it becomes even tougher. Their son Gehrig decided he didn't want to wait the full term and made an early appearance, eight weeks early to be exact. This led to his wife Delena being flown by medivac to Oklahoma City and their son being placed in NICU for several weeks. Dwight was going through EMT School at the time but would have to drop out and take a job at a tire shop to provide for his wife and new son.
When their daughter Ashley was 10 years old she was diagnosed with bone cancer that led to a year of hospital visits, chemotherapy and many surgeries. She had a section of her leg bone removed and replaced with a rod but became a survivor. Five years later the cancer would return as a spot on her lung which led to more chemo and another surgery but she once again came through like a real champ. She was a real inspiration to many, especially her father who was struggling with his own relationship with God. In his book he talks about how her constant smile through the worst of times was an encouragement to him.
Dwight was raised in a Christian home and brought up in the ways of righteousness but didn't always live like it. Like many of other church kids, he had his moments of rebellion and stupidity, but would go on with his wife to serve in many different forms of ministry inside and outside of the church. It wasn't until Dwight began to look deep into his faith and wondered if it lined up with the truth of Gods Word. He would find that it didn't and decided like everything else, if you want to know the truth go to the source. He did and everything he thought he knew changed. From that point on he found himself ministering in ways he never imagined and God would take him to places he had never been & see things that would prove to him that God is not only real but does desire to have a personal relationship with us like he did with the heroes of the bible.
Dwight writes about many of these adventures in his first book and how God restored his marriage and pulled him out of the darkest depression he would ever experience. His book Last Days Heroes is not only a testimony of faith, love & trust restored, but a very personal look at who God can be and what he can accomplish through us if we will just let him. He can truly mold us into the spiritual heroes that are desperately needed in these last days.
"If I can't be sarcastic then I don't want to be at all."
-Dwight E. Link-
May of 1987
July 2nd 1988
February 2nd 1989-1993
March 8th 1989-Present
Graduated high school. Yeah, he was surprised too. He was a little squirt who got picked on a lot, mostly because his mouth got him into so much trouble. He didn't exactly pass with flying colors, but as he puts it, "I made it out the door."
Married his high school sweetheart who is three years older than him but everyone thinks she is the younger one now. It has been a rough ride to say the least, but they just celebrated 33 years of marriage and still counting. Yeah, he's surprised too.
Joined the army and got the bright idea to become a paratrooper. Served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Was honorably discharged with some really cool medals and stuff.
You name it and he's probably done it. From a tire technician to a truck driver to an oilfield worker and a youth pastor, to a senior pastor and a part time missionary to a stand-up comedian to selling underwear and a security guard, not all in that order. I settled on Writer & speaker. "You live a lot, you learn a lot."
Proof I Did Stuff
Parachute wings, Combat Infantry Badge, 82nd Combat Patch, Army Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Medal, NCO Academy....blah blah blah.
Completed schooling at Global University and received credentials to minister with the Assemblies of God.
Ordained with the Global Outreach Ministries.