David was appointed as a short-term intern to France in the April 2016 board meeting. He will work with the J’Pense team—Dennis, Carol, Joel, and Lydie Teague—in their outreach ministry. J’Pense (I think) brings young people together in a neutral environment and addresses their pressing questions about life (apologetics) with the goal of introducing them to Christ. David’s role will require him to make new contacts, invite them to J’Pense events, and organize J’Pense discussion groups with them.
Born into a Christian family with godly parents, David grew up knowing it was important to serve the Lord and participate in building His Kingdom. Although he accepted Christ as a seven-year-old, he became “comfortable” in his religious stance and gradually moved God to second-place. A gifted athlete, sports and friendships became more important than his relationship with Christ.
One night, driving home from a Bible study, the 17-year-old hit a patch of gravel and wrecked, flipping the car three times. He emerged unscathed and knew God had issued a wake-up call.
Following the accident, David participated in E-TEAM (a summer missions experience for high school students) traveling to St. Croix, Cuba, and Brazil. He credits the trip to Cuba with giving him “a heart for the lost and impoverished.” After the trip to Brazil, David committed to a life of missions.
David attended Lindsey Wilson College on a basketball scholarship. He transferred to Welch College during his sophomore year and graduated in May 2016 with a B.S. in business administration and a minor in intercultural studies.
During his time in college, David served in various ministry roles (primarily youth pastor, associate pastor, and intern) within his home church in Owensboro, Kentucky; 180 Fellowship in Clarksville, Tennessee; Clearview Church in Clearview, Texas; and The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee. He volunteered at the Nashville Rescue Mission, experiencing both the joy of seeing people come to a saving knowledge of Christ and the heartbreak of praying for people who rejected salvation. He also joined a THP (The Hanna Project) trip to Côte d’Ivoire, assisting in the building of a school and soccer camps for local youth, during Spring Break of his senior year.
First Free Will Baptist, Owensboro, Kentucky