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Pastor's Message

Pastor's Message

I was born May 4, 1959 in Denver Colorado. I went to Elementary, Junior High and High School in Austin, Texas. My parents were Missionaries in Nigeria. Susan's parent's were Missionaries in Kenya and Tanzania. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and was baptized at age 7 at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin. My call to ordained ministry came when I was 15; following Holy Week services at Saint Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Austin. I was a Youth member at University Baptist church in Austin and my best friend was Roman Catholic. As a young adult I spent some time with Eastern Orthodox Christians; learning about that Christian tradition. After graduating from Baylor University, we moved to Louisville, Kentucky to attend Seminary. When I graduated from Seminary I accepted my first United Methodist appointment at Shaver's Chapel/ Towers' Chapel Charge in Western Kentucky. We returned to Texas in 1998.

In Texas I have served at the Dawson/Tehuacana, FUMC Meridian and River Oaks UMC/Grace UMC Charges. Susan is a Speech Pathologist in the Public Schools. Malaika attends University of North Texas and Amanda attends Sam Houston State University.

My favorite scripture is John 1:18; Jesus reveals who God is. My favorite story in the Bible is the story of Jesus healing the leper, Luke 5:12-14. I believe strongly in the value and responsibility of participating in Christian community, Luke 4:16 and Hebrews 10:24-25. My favorite teaching of Jesus is Matthew 20:25-28; be a servant. I love to plan and prepare worship. I love a variety of Worship music. I love preaching, teaching the Bible and pastoral care. Being a pastor is a privilege and an honor and I am grateful to the laity in the congregations I have served for their provision for my family. I look forward to serving with all of you. Bro. David