David’s love for God and His church ignited as a young child, growing up in a Christian home in Des Moines, Iowa. In high school, God’s call on David’s life came into focus and he began to look for opportunities to serve in leadership roles at his church. Fast forward a couple of years, David was exiting seminary with a Masters in Divinity and a new companion … his wife Sue.
Initially serving as a youth pastor in Pennsylvania, David and Sue eventually found themselves in Rochester, New York at a long established church, with a new title – Lead Pastor. The church was over 100 years old, with attendance in the 200s and a congregation that was ready for momentum. David guided the church through monumental changes with vision that bears similarity to New Heights – even championing the same mission statement: “make more and better disciples.” His dynamic teaching and commitment to helping people find deep connections amidst a large congregation helped to set the church on a path of rapid growth. Eventually, growth led the church in a direction New Heights is familiar with … expanding to the multi-site model, expressed in four campuses.
At the heart of David’s leadership is a desire to deliver the Good News of Jesus to lost people. David approaches the Bible as the guiding voice in his life, and his accessible and relatable teaching style allows others to do the same. He is passionate about teaching the Bible in a way that resonates, no matter where you are on your way to faith.
Most recently, David has been at Vanderbloemen Search Group, helping churches across the country identify new leadership. The experience has been invaluable, exposing him to the ministries of a great quantity of larger churches. Along the way, David’s gotten glimpses of the many ways God is moving the Church forward as He connects younger generations to local churches.
Last Spring, David arrived at New Heights as a consultant, ready to help us identify our next lead pastor. It wasn’t long into his conversations with New Heights Elders and staff that God began to stir in David a growing excitement over this church, and the call God has given New Heights to make more and better disciples. With each step of faith, God has made it evident to David and Sue that New Heights was a church they want to call home.
David and Sue have three daughters, and just welcomed a son-in-law with the marriage of their eldest, Ali. Middle daughter, Morgan, is a college student and their youngest, Emily, just finished a year of chemotherapy, courageously fighting osteosarcoma.