Dieter was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and spent the first 8 years of his life there before his father’s job transferred the family to Charlotte, North Carolina. Dieter attended Charlotte Christian School from 2nd grade through 9th grade. In ninth grade, Dieter was nearly paralyzed in a football injury. God used this in his life to humble him and draw him to salvation in Jesus Christ. Immediately after his conversion, he knew he was called to tell others about Jesus Christ and told his parents he wanted to attend public school to share Jesus with others. Upon graduating from high school in 1993, Dieter attended East Carolina University with every intention of pursuing a degree in physical therapy and using this as a platform for ministry to others. During his sophomore year, the Lord clearly called Dieter to pastoral ministry. By God’s leading, he switched his major to Philosophy and also chose to minor in Religious Studies. Upon graduation in 1997, Dieter attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master’s degree in Divinity. Dieter has served six years in youth ministry in Mississippi and Alabama, seven years in hospice chaplaincy in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, and nearly eight years as a solo pastor in Alabama and South Carolina. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Marty, a native of Foley, Alabama, for 19 years. They have four children, three girls and a boy. They have an awesome Havanese dog named Teddy who looks like a living teddy bear. In his down time, Dieter enjoys fishing, watching football and movies, working out, reading fiction and Christian books, and sharing good food with others.
Dieter's leadership team is called a Provisional Session, made up of other Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders from different churches throughout northern Alabama. This is a body of equals who are pastors, church planters, corporate leaders, and government contractors who also serve their local churches faithfully.