Dave joined the GracePoint team as the Community Life Pastor in early 2015. He studied Recreation Management at Indiana Wesleyan University, completed his M.S. in Leadership and Higher Education at John Brown University, and received his ministerial license through the Cross Training program at Oklahoma Wesleyan in early 2016.
After finishing his undergrad, Dave felt God's calling to Columbus, Ohio where he started working for Ohio Christian University. He spent seven years on staff there and had the chance to work in several different ministries, primarily in Student Development helping program Student Activities, Residence Life, and Student Success where he helped teach the incoming freshman class. He also began coaching volleyball on the side and was able to practice his leadership principles.
Dave brings a level of excitement and organization to help implement the fundamental values of GracePoint into the existing small group and community engagement ministries. As the Community Life Pastor he works with growth groups coordinating curriculum and training leaders, organizes opportunities to engage our community, and connects our Global Outreach efforts. He also enjoys officiating weddings throughout the year and the occasional speaking engagement.
Dave met his lovely wife Heidi in Ohio, even though she is from Florida and he is from Indiana. They welcomed their first child, Phoenix, in November of 2015, and their twin girls, Zoey and Zion, in September of 2017. When they are not in Brookings, they are going on exciting journeys. Their favorite past time includes some sort of recreational exercise or traveling; if not to see family, then to take their two dogs to new places. Dave still enjoys volleyball and will participate in any hobby from ping-pong to rock climbing.