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I was born in Durham, North Carolina. My folks divorced when I was five. When I was 7, my mom married my dad. I went to E.E. Smith High school in Fayetteville and ran cross country and track. I went to UNC-Chapel Hill (while Michael Jordan was there–yeah!). My dream was to run in the Olympics and fly for the Air Force. Seems God had other plans for me. An injury sidelined my Olympic dream, but I did get to run the torch in 1996. I still want to fly but that’ll have to wait until I’ve helped CBC take the gospel to the nations. I worked Fuge camps for three years while I attended Southern and Southwestern Seminaries. I finally graduated from Southern. I’ve been here with the people of Clayton since then. I’m passionate about the Light of the World and the light I see daily through the lens and through glass. My other passion, outside my family, is my youth staff, my youth group, and the great outdoors (have you seen Rabun County!?!?!)
What’s your favorite Bible verse (at least right now)?
John 10:10…”The Thief has come to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
This reminds me that there are always two choices–God’s way or the world’s way. There IS an Enemy out there and all he wants to do to us (and all we do for the Lord) is steal, kill, and destroy. But Jesus is here to give us life like it was meant to be lived–fully and for the glory of God!
What’s on your iPod, iPhone or MP3 player?
Russian (for mission trips), DC Talk, Newsboys, Toby Mac, Michael Tait, Third Day, Jeremy Camp, Star Trek, Pirates, Old stuff, stuff my girls put me on to (FireFlight–go GRACE!)
Who is one person who discipled you well?
There was no ONE person. My parents laid “no other foundation, other than the one which is laid, which is Christ Jesus.” The staff at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church built on that. James Cammack, Wayne Ham, and “Uncle” Bob Haynes showed me what longevity and servant leadership looked like. Jean, Mike, and Doug were the youth ministers who poured into me when I didn’t know I was to be called to youth ministry. But once I really got on this journey called “youth ministry”, there are some giants. Through Centrifuge, Ron Tipton took me under his wing when I didn’t know much in seminary. Joe Palmer told me that there was never a good reason to leave a church. There would always be “bad” parents, “bad” youth, “bad” pay, “bad” situations, etc. He told me “the only reason to go to a church, David, is because God calls you there. And the only reason to leave it because God calls you away.” It sounded like Moses to me and so it stuck. Brad Smith, Sharon Baack, and Hal Hill also joined Joe Palmer in pouring into me the tool of Adventure Recreation and how I could minister with the thing I loved most after God–His creation–the outdoors!
Favorite Book of the Bible?
I’ve got three (yeah, I can’t just have one). I love Psalms because they express my heart so well. And since I’m named after David, it just fits. I love Matthew and his accounts of the life of Jesus. But since Joey has come to CBC, I’ve also fallen in love with John’s gospel. It really is all about the glory of God!!!
Teams you pull for?
The Rabun County Wildcats; it doesn’t matter the sport, but esp. football and basketball and track;
In football, who cares….but I do listen to UGA football on the radio while I’m in my glass shop (we don’t have TV)
In basketball, there is only one team–UNC Tarheels!!! 1924, 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009….shall I go on? Oh yeah, anyone but Duke!!!
Wow, I married way up in 1984 to Norma Jean Parrish. Yeah, she’s 6′ 3″, older than me, and probably more spiritual than me. God blessed us with Rachael Anne in 1991 and Grace! in 1994. They also have been spiritual giants in my life as God has used them to teach me more than I ever taught them. Rachael’s call to missions is mind-blowingly cool; Grace’s call is still developing but she wants to see her friends saved! It’s never a dull moment with 3 girls and I wouldn’t have it any other way–when they laugh and snort, it’s the best! We have loved each and every stage of life with our girls. And we have no greater joy than to hear our children walk in the truth (3 John 4).
When did God save you and make you his child?
I prayed to receive Christ when I was 8 years old in my bedroom with my mom. I was baptized at age 10. But I guess Jesus really got hold of me when I began working Centrifuge in 1983. One night during training week He just broke me over my sinful condition and the price He paid to redeem me. To stay with one church all these years means God has grown us both! But I will have to say in the last 5 years, I have grown the most, as I have really begun to understand, live, and share the truth of the gospel–it’s all about the glory of God!!!
STAR WARS, Star Trek (all except #5–lame), The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, All Star Trek Series except Deep Space Nine, SG-1 (all 10 years)
What do you want people to say about you when you go to be with the Lord?
Aren’t we all going at the same time…soon?
Pro team you pull for?
Who cares? I don’t….
Top 3 books (outside of the Bible)?
Without a doubt, RADICAL has changed my life and ministry (thanks Joey!). “Radical Together”, Packer’s “Knowing God”, “Systematic Theology” by Wayne Grudem, Ortberg’s “When the Game’s Over It all Goes Back in the Box”
Man or woman of the Bible you would love to meet face to face?
Obviously David…and the Centurion with the sick servant