As an adoptive father of multi-racial children, he advocates passionately for foster and at-risk kids. He has also worked with jail inmates, the homeless, and those in recovery from drug addictions.
Dave loves helping people who are far from God. He meets strangers regularly at a local coffee shop to talk about God and their problems. These meetings even garnered the attention of the news media.(read article here).
Dave’s love of the Arts has led him to be a “performer’s pastor”, ministering specifically to creatives involved in the Arts. He has done both professional and amateur theatre with several lead roles onstage, including Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES and Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY (see entertainment section cover story)
He’s also been involved in various community organizations, including the Salt & Light Commission, and was a founding member of The Starfish Foundation of SW Florida, an organization committed to protecting children in the foster care system.
Dave is also a composer and classically-trained pianist. His music for the TLC series TRADING SPACES won a 2005 BMI award.
ABOUT DAVE’S CHURCH…
Dave is pastor at Tower Grove Baptist Church in St Louis, MO. Tower Grove is a leader in multi-cultural ministry in their community, with Vietnamese, Burmese, and Swahili congregations as part of their fellowship. They also have a fully-accredited Christian School (1 year through 12th grade) with nearly 350 students. Dave leads the staff with 76 employees, and is focusing the church to reach out to the great numbers of unchurched people in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Dave is a graduate of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, and has a fully-accredited Masters in Christian Studies and Master of Divinity from Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, GA.
ABOUT DAVE’S FAMILY…
Dave’s been married since 1988 to Dawn Gipson, who’s a pastor’s daughter herself. Their family is made up of 4 adopted children (so far!), one biological child, and several other foster children living under their roof!