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, and his compassion 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 and humor are contagious.read article here).
Dave’s love of the Arts has also won him 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.
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!