David was born in Texas (Mineral Wells), but was raised in Western Colorado, about 50 miles east of Grand Junction in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. He served for 5 years as a pianist for the 298th Army Band in Berlin, Germany, where he met his wife and developed an appreciation for the miracle of yeast and the Reinheitsgebot. He graduated from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction with a degree in Piano Performance, and from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta with a Masters of Divinity. He enjoys music, especially jazz, bicycling, and watching European soccer, especially Liverpool and Dortmund. He is married to Karen, and has one son, Wiley, two dogs, and three cats.
Moderator of Session
The installed pastor shall ordinarily moderate all meetings of the congregation. If it is impractical for the pastor to preside, he or she shall invite another minister of the Word and Sacrament who is a member of the presbytery or a person authorized by the presbytery to serve as moderator. If there is no installed pastor, or the installed pastor is unable to moderate and/or to name another moderator, the presbytery shall make provision for a moderator. (from the Book of Order)
Minister of Word and Sacrament
Ministers of the Word and Sacrament (also called teaching elders and pastors) shall in all things be committed to teaching the faith in word and deed and equipping the saints for the work of ministry. They may serve in a variety of ministries, as authorized by the presbytery. When they serve as preachers and teachers of the Word, they shall preach and teach the faith of the church, so that the people are shaped by the pattern of the gospel and strengthened for witness and service. When they serve at font and table, they shall interpret and “show forth” the mysteries of grace in word and action, lifting the people’s vision toward the hope of God’s new creation. When they serve as pastors, they shall support the people in the disciplines of the faith amid the struggles of daily life. When they serve as presbyters, they shall participate in the responsibilities of governance, seeking always to discern the mind of Christ and to build up Christ’s body through devotion, debate, and decision. (from the Book of Order)