Before serving as pastor of Leonia United Methodist Church, David served as Youth and Christian Education Director at a multi-staff church, as a missionary to Soviet Ukraine and independent Russia, as manager of tech support and engineering at a private software firm, as pastor of First United Methodist Church (Mount Ephraim, NJ), and David started TRINITY United Methodist Church (Garner, NC).David, his wife Janet, and their three sons, Gabe, Elliot and Nate, moved to Leonia in June of 2011. David is the son of a United Methodist minister and an entrepreneur/teacher. He graduated from Ridgewood High School in Bergen County. He holds the BA in Biblical Literature from Taylor University (Upland, IN), the MDiv with an emphasis in missions from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA). In 1997, David was selected as a Beeson Pastor and spent one year in residence at Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, KY). David is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.
In addition to serving as pastor of Leonia Church, David serves on the GNJ Conference Council on Youth Ministries; he is a Circuit Elder on the Palisades District; he is Registrar of the Palisades District Board of Church Location and Building; and he serves the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference as an official mentor to both candidates for ordained ministry and not-yet-ordained clergy.
David is especially interested in contemporary worship forms, missions, small group discipleship, work with youth and young adults, mentoring, building community, music and technology. He enjoys playing guitar, cycling, basketball, hiking, travel, reading and spending time with his family. (He is rumored to be an Army Football, New York Jets, Knicks, and Yankees fan.)