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.
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