David was raised in a Christian family in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Made a commitment to Jesus at age 7, baptized at 12. Married to Charlene Emily Adams, December 16, 1972. We have 3 incredible kids — Angela, 40, married to Mike, with 2 girls, 2 boys; Sarah, married to Steven, with 2 boys, 2 girls; Ian, married to Rachel, with 3 boys. That’s 11 grandchildren. 1 teenager, 10 between 2 and 9. We are the first, on either side of our families, to have all of their children with college degrees.
Education & Employment: Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan B.A., English Literature, 1970. (Oakland is now a separate university, but at that time it was a branch of Michigan State.) M. Div., 1974, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, S. Hamilton, MA. Worked in Christian bookstores for about 20 years — Cambridge, MA; Lansing, MI; Ann Arbor, MI; Ithaca, NY; Elmira, NY. Retail buyer, Cornell Campus Store, Ithaca, NY, 1990-2003. Retired from Cornell, 2003.
Ministry: Ordained, American Baptist Churches, USA, January, 2000. Interim Pastor, First Baptist, Moravia, NY, 1998-99. Interim Pastor, South Side Baptist, Elmira, NY, 1999-2000. Interim Pastor, Memorial Baptist, Cortland, NY, 2000. Pastor, South Side Baptist, May, 2003. Things get fuzzy after that… 2003-2008, full-time position, South Side Baptist. 2008-2011, part-time position at South Side. Part-time Pastor, Reading Community Church, Reading, NY 2008- current. Interim Pastor, First Baptist, Elmira, NY, 2009-2011. Full-time at United Baptist (merger of South Side & First Baptist), 2011-2012. Part-time Pastor, Second Milo Baptist, Penn Yan, NY 2013- current.
Volunteer Work: Food Panty of Schuyler County; Chemung County Habitat for Humanity.