Preaching has been his legacy, His grandfather, Archie Word, began just before the Great Depression and brought thousands to Christ in his revivals. His father was a small-town preacher who later became an elder. Dave had his own personal struggle with belief in God in his young adult years, but was able to see his way clearly to faith in Christ and then, in the excitement of that knowledge, Christian ministry.
He graduated from Bible college in Gering, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Sacred Literature Degree. He came to Portland, Oregon in 1977. After internship and ordination, became the minister of the Duke Street Church of Christ which later merged with Central Christian Church.
He says, “It has been a joy to minister in one place for most of my adult life. I have watched many grow to maturity in their faith. I have seen babies born, grow up, and then they ask me to perform their weddings. My own children are now young adults. One works with me in full time ministry.”
His passion is to follow Christ in making disciples starting with his family. He believes that is the main mission of the church as summarized in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). He knows this is humbling because he must live it out in his own life in order to accomplish it.
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