Pastor David is the product of a Christian home. As long as he can remember, prayer and worship (especially in song) have been a central part of his life. Pastor David learned what it meant to be a follower of Jesus at home praying with his parents, reading scripture verses at the dinner table, and also in Sunday School and VBS, and from singing in choirs and congregations. His mother is a deeply committed layperson and his father a pastor—their faith helped shape him. Pastor David grew up (primarily) on Cape Cod, graduating from Barnstable High School, and attending The United Methodist Church in Osterville.
He first affirmed a call to ordained ministry at Exploration ’96, as a freshman attending Eastern Nazarene College. It was there he met his wife, Kate. Pastor David loved the college environment, and he sought a way to be in ministry in a place like that, so he attended Boston College and earned an M.A. in European History. When he finished that degree, he and Kate were married, and Pastor David began adjunct teaching. He finally answered God’s call and enrolled at Boston University School of Theology as Kate was finishing her degree. When Kate was commissioned and moved to her second appointment, Pastor David was appointed to Buxton UMC and Elm Street UMC in South Portland, Maine. While in the Portland area, their son Abraham was born. Later, Pastors David and Kate moved to Hampden, where Pastor David has served Hampden Highlands UMC since 2010. While serving here, their second son Andrew was born, adding to the joy of their family. While at church, Pastor David loves singing with the choir, leading worship, hearing good stories of peoples’ lives, and especially helping people listen for the Holy Spirit speaking in their lives.
Beyond the local congregation, Pastor David serves as president of the board of directors of the Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard, and chairperson of our Annual Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation. In his spare time, he likes to hike with Kate, run, and play in the snow. Pastor David is the primary cook, and loves creative eating, coffee, and baking bread. He also loves reading, especially about food, theology, geopolitics, the environment, philosophy and history (and any combination of the above)!
Answering God’s call to serve as pastor has been a major decision, but the most important decision in his life remains committing to follow Jesus.