The Lord called Dave to missions during his undergraduate years at Rutgers through Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. As a Missions Door Campus Ambassador for 18 years, Dave worked in campus ministry, worship ministry, and preaching/teaching.
In 1991 the Mission approved his involvement in a strategic partnership with a small evangelical leadership training school now known as The Vine Institute (a “doing business as” of Salt Lake Theological Seminary).
The Vine cultivates leaders in Christ for ministry in a diverse, collaborative Body of Christ; its training is done in multiethnic small clusters of emerging Christian leaders from refugee and immigrant people groups as well as established churches.
In addition to teaching, Dave serves as Dean of Facilitators. As the author of I love Mormons, he also speaks and leads seminars on evangelizing Mormon people.
David’s parents gave him a prophetic middle name – Livingstone, and Dave embraces the legacy of that famous doctor: he loves to join the action where God sets fire to souls in unlikely places – like Salt Lake City, Utah, the nerve center of Mormon culture as well as one of the country’s few official UN Resettlement Sites for refugees.
Dave became a Christian through a child evangelism ministry. Hazel met the Lord in high school.
David and Hazel met in college in 1969 while doing music for a singles retreat in Colorado. They were married in 1970, and they have three grown children: Brian, Charity and Alexander.
Dave: M.Div. from Denver Seminary, Ph.D. in Communication from University of Utah
Hazel: B.A. in French from Denver University, M.S. in Linguistics from University of Utah