Dave grew up in a Christian home and always attended church faithfully with his family. However, it wasn’t until he attended a junior high winter retreat in the San Bernardino Mountains that he truly understood and believed the gospel. He began to grow in the Lord throughout his teen years, and he was very involved in his church’s youth group. When he went to college, he experienced the first real test of his faith. Being immersed in a secular environment forced him to evaluate his faith in Christ, and thankfully at that crucial time, the Lord led him to an on-campus Christian fellowship. During his college years Dave was intentionally discipled by a mature believer for the first time, and God used this to expand his vision for the Great Commission and learn how to share the gospel with others.
Dave and his wife Kristen were married in 1989 shortly after graduation, and then joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. They served for thirteen years with Campus Crusade from 1990-2003, reaching out to high school students in Minnesota and in the San Gabriel Valley. God blessed them during this time and gave them rich experiences impacting communities for Christ, networking with local churches, experiencing cross-cultural and international ministry opportunities, and beginning their family. In 2003 Dave began to serve at SGCC, first as the youth pastor, and then he transitioned in 2006 to his current role, Associate Pastor of Outreach Ministries.
Dave received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a minor in Religious Studies at USC, and then his Master’s of Divinity degree from Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.
Dave and Kristen have four grown children–Anna (husband Mike), Caleb (wife Heather), Abigail and Luke (wife Natalie), as well as five beautiful grandchildren. He loves being with his family (and highly recommends grandchildren!), trying new foods, reading great books, Dodgers baseball, USC football, and traveling to visit SGCC missionaries.
He is thankful every day for the privilege of serving Christ at SGCC, and believes that he and his family have received far more from this church fellowship than they have ever given.