Pastor David is our Senior Pastor. He received his Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and has been ordained by The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 21 years. David’s wife, Michelle, is the Assistant Principal of Glenallen Elementary School in North Port. They have two daughters, Madison, who attends the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and McKenzie, who is an 8th and 9th grade Language Arts Teacher at Pine View School in Osprey.
David, Michelle and the girls moved to Venice from Pittsburgh in 2000. Both McKenzie and Madison graduated from Venice High School. McKenzie went on to study Education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Madison is currently studying Hospitality Management at UCF. Michelle taught Elementary and Middle School in Sarasota County for sixteen years before making the move to administration.
As empty nesters, Michelle and David love to take road trips with their Yorkie, Dooney. Two of their favorite destinations are the Keys and North Carolina. David underwent a heart transplant in 2019 at Tampa General Hospital. Needless to say, this was a life-changing experience for him and his entire family. Let alone the impact that this miraculous healing has had on his ministry here at Beneva.
If he had to sum up the mission statement for his ministry, Pastor David would say that he is called to walk with people on their journey to be.