David’s Vitae

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

Basic and Intermediate Training in HeartSync inner healing ministry (2013-2009).
Master of Divinity with a concentration in Christian Formation, Fuller Seminary (2005).
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 (2003-2013).
Licensed/ordained minister with the Vineyard Fellowship (licensed 2003-2011; ordained 2011).
THRIVE Conference Training (2002-2010).
Life Model Training (2002-2012) with Jim Wilder and Shepherd’s House.
Transformation Prayer Ministry (inner healing) Basic (1999) and Advanced (2000).
In-depth study of Dallas Willard’s writings and seminars (1998 to present).
B.A. in Human Services & Group Counseling, Metro State University, MN (1998).
Internship at Father’s Resource Center in St. Paul, MN (1998).
Pastoral Care Ministry seminars (1995, 1998) with Leanne Payne.
Fellowship For Renewed Living: Facilitator Trainee (1986); Trainer (1986-1988).
Theological undergraduate work at Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (1969, 1973-74).

Ministry Experience

On the board of Healing Center International (2016 to present).
Mentored pastors, counselors and various spiritual leaders (2013 to present).
Created and maintained multiple Christian focused websites (2012 to present).
Presented at Heart and Soul 2012 Conference in LaCanada, CA. (2012).
Authored multiple books related to Christian living (2008 to present).
Presented at multiple retreats and conferences (2003 to present).
On staff at Shepherd’s House of Pasadena CA (2002-2012).
Designed and taught Forming: Change by Grace (2006-present).
         A Christian Formation course in spiritual formation. See www.Forming-Course.com.
Assistant to Christian Formation Professor Julie Gorman, Fuller Seminary (2005-2010).
         Making presentations to 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 seeking spiritual formation.
Led church home group, Pasadena, CA (2006-07).
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).
Taught inner healing prayer ministry at my church in Brooklyn Park, MN (2000).
       An 8-hour course that outlines the principles and practice of inner-healing prayer ministry.
Member of Ministry Team for Paul Singh’s Romancing the Soul  Seminars (1999-2001).
Preaching since high school, often substituting for pastors (1968-present).

Other Professional Experience

Website design and creation (2005 to 2020).
Software Engineer (1974-2001) including 8 years as an independent consultant.
USAF electronics technician (1970-1973).

Publications and Projects

Copernicus 2.0: A Call to Reformation (2021)
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)
Forming: Change by Grace. Course in Christian Formation (released 2012)
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 primary ministry site)
www.Forming-Course.com

Personal

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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