David earned his doctorate in Missional Theology and Spiritual Formation at Hazelip School of Theology, Lipscomb University. His doctoral dissertation/project was titled, “Pursuit of Shalom: Clarion Call to Do Justice in the Already but Not yet Reign of God.” His favorite scripture is Micah 6:8 (NRSV): “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD, require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” David’s key interest are issues of shalom relating to international affairs, justice for the common good, and the prophetic nature of peace and justice.
His academic background includes distinguished graduate from the USAF Academy, peace and war research at Uppsala University in Sweden as an Olmsted Scholar, a Masters of International Public Policy at Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, an academic fellow at Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University, and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry at Graceland. Additionally, he served as a professor of aerospace studies at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
David has served as a full-time field minister with Community of Christ since 2006, with responsibilities as a pastoral and administrative field officer and director of human resources in Europe and the United States. Previous, to his church career, he retired as an air force colonel serving 30 years. During his career, he served as an operational fighter pilot, diplomat, international affairs officer, strategic planner for global issues, and operations policy advisor to the US Ambassador at NATO.
His friends call him “Big Dave.” He loves to camp, travel, and spend time with his family.
“I consider my association with the Community of Christ Seminary as an honor and distinct privilege. As a graduate of this outstanding program and a minister with Community of Christ, I am committed to the success of each seminarian and this great seminary!”