David’s Vita

My greatest hope is to see the people of God recover and discover the kind of relationship that God really wants to have with us. I have seen the tremendous change in my own life and in the lives of others that takes place when we lay aside performance-driven Christianity and enter into a genuine relationship with God that has enough substance to change us from the inside out. I believe God has called me to live in that reality myself and to help bring that transformative way of life to the church.

Education and Training for Ministry

Master of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Formation, Fuller Seminary (2005)
B.A. in Human Services with a concentration in Counseling, Metro State University, MN (1999)
Couples Communications Training (2006, 2007) with Sherod and Phyllis Miller
Pastoral Care Internship with Jim Wilder at Shepherd’s House, Pasadena, CA (2004-05)
Church Internship with Steve Summerell at Monrovia Vineyard church, CA (2003-04)
Multiple conferences by Renovare, Dallas Willard, and Larry Crabb (2003-present)
Licensed minister with the Vineyard Fellowship (2003-present)
THRIVE Conference Training (2002-2010)
Life Model Training (1999, 2002-2012) with Jim Wilder and Shepherd’s House
Member of Ministry Team for Paul Singh’s Romancing the Soul Seminars (1999-2001)
Theophostic Ministry training, Basic (1999) and Advanced (2000) with Ed Smith
Internship at Father’s Resource Center in St. Paul (1998)
Pastoral Care Ministry seminars (1995, 1997) with Leanne Payne
Fellowship For Renewed Living: Facilitator Trainee (1986); Trainer (1986-1988)
Theological undergraduate work at Bethel College, St Paul (1969, 1973-74)

Ministry Experience

Presented at multiple retreats and conferences (2003 to present).

Authored multiple books related to Christian living and spiritual formation.

Presented at Heart and Soul 2012 Conference in LaCanada, CA.

Designed and taught Forming: Change by Grace (2007-present).

A Christian Formation course in spiritual formation. Includes 12 session (18 hours) of classroom teaching and experiential learning, coupled with 6 to 12 hours of take-home exercises, all focused on how to engage with God for spiritual growth and transformation.

Assistant to Professor Julie Gorman of Fuller Theological Seminary (2005-2010).

Making presentations to Christian Formation classes, grading the work of seminary students, and mentoring the students regarding their reactions to course material.

Pastoral Care Minister with Shepherd’s House, Pasadena, CA (2003-2012).

Helping men who are dealing with life issues of addiction, marriage issues, recovery from childhood trauma, and those in need of general guidance.

Led church home group, Pasadena, CA (2006-07).

Group of 8 to 10 that focused primarily on The Intimate Journey Christian Formation materials from Joel Warne of MN.

Presented at pastoral staff retreat in Modesto, CA (October 2005).

Taught foundational Christian Formation principles to a staff of 17 pastors.

Co-led The Renovation of the Heart video series in multi-church group, Arcadia, CA (2003).

A 12-week course from Life Springs Resources that helps participants learn and practice the material from Dallas Willard’s book The Renovation of the Heart.

Taught inner healing prayer ministry at my home church in Brooklyn Park, MN (2000).

An 8-hour course that outlines the principles and practice of inner-healing prayer ministry.

Preaching since high school, often substituting for pastors (1968-present).

Other Professional Experience

Software Engineer (1974-2001) including 8 years as an independent consultant.
USAF electronics technician (1970-1973).

Publications and Projects

Forming: Change by Grace. Course in Christian Formation (released 2012)
The Trouble with Obedience: It’s Not What You Think (2020)
Lamb of God: Rediscovering the Beauty of Atonement (2018)
Transformation by Design (2017)
Forming: A Work of Grace (2013)
Whispers of my Abba (2011)
The Truth About Lies And Lies About Truth (2008, revised 2017)
Authored various articles on Christian development, available on websites below.
Designed and developed several Christian websites, including:

www.KingdomFormation.org (my personal site)


Born 1950.
Joyfully married to my wife, Jan.
We have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Enjoy reading, travel, and playing the piano.

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