David shares pastoral leadership at NDPC with the Rev. Beth Waltemath. They both lead worship, teach, vision, and offer pastoral care. They met as seminarians, got married after graduation, and lived and worked in New York City for a decade prior to moving to Georgia in 2010. They have three children in local public schools.
David became a pastor after working as a nonprofit professional. He co-founded and ran Urban Solutions, a youth and community development organization in New Haven, CT (1998-2001), where he was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurs. He earned degrees from Yale University (BA ’97, American Studies) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (MDiv ’04). David was previously the Associate Pastor for Young Adults at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City (2004-2010).
David is a commissioner for the Decatur Housing Authority and serves on the board for the political advocacy organization Presbyterians for a Better Georgia. He has served on the Board of Directors for Decatur Cooperative Ministry and on the Alumni Advisory Council for Union Theological Seminary (NY). David’s writing has been shared in The Christian Century, Day1, the Huffington Post, on CNN, and CNN’s Belief blog. Follow David on his blog and his Twitter feed.
The church, for David, is a place where we know God in and through relationships–we learn that we are valued, and we are we are sent into the world to love and serve others.