David's roots have shaped and fueled his passion and compassion for the body of Christ. He longs for her to be loved and encouraged through the ministry of worship and Gospel Songwriting. He grew up attending an evangelical church much like many across the country, in a small town in South Texas with his dad leading worship through music. "It was there under my parents' ministry that I saw the beauty of the body unfold over years of living life with our church family. I want every church to experience that beauty and I hope that as we travel and guide in worship experiences, share songs, and build relationships with new friends wherever we go, that each person would feel loved, encouraged, and built up in their trust in and affection for Jesus Christ." David feels that this call to love the church is one that Paul expressed in his letter to the Philippians when he shared with them:
"For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent and so be pur and blameless for the day of CHirst, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."
After many years of singing and performing, he eventually found himself at Dallas Baptist University where he studied and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business degree. It was in those formative years where David was able to begin leading worship at FBC in Euless, Tx in various ministries from college to youth to singles and children's ministries to eventually serving on the worship staff full-time as a writer and worship associate. He then served as Worship Pastor at Providence Church in Frisco, Tx for almost a year and a half before sensing the call to full time traveling ministry. Over those 10 years God developed in David a great affection for these churches and for the local/global body as a whole. His traveling ministry is expressed out of this love to serve and build the global body.
Musically, David began singing at a very young age at his dad's church, FBC Old Ocean, Tx ,where he found that he loved being with people in that environment. He would say that his musical influences primariily have shaped his vocal production. He grew up loving the Jazz & Standard greats like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., and Tony Bennett as well as being heavily influenced by R&B and Rock Vocals. He would say that he loves the worship leader/artist - audience relationship more than anything. He loves studying artists like Bono, Bruce Springsteen, and others because they understand this relationship better than most.
"In worship leading, my approach is hopefully much like many of the great stage performers in that I want the audience to not just sing the songs presented to them, but I want to guide them to connecting with one another and with me, so that we can trust one another and go to places in the worship experience that is rich and communal. Worship leadership is so much more than planning the right songs or verses for reflection. It is an art where I as the worship guide have the privilege of crafting and shaping an environment and service structure where each person feels like they can freely and authentically laugh, cry, and express themselves to one another and most importantly, to God Almighty. It has been my experience that it is in this open and authentic environment that some amazing and memorable things happen in our worship times."
David has had the privilege of partnering with churches at Youth, College, and Singles events as well as with some incredible organizations like the Association of Biblical Counselors, Apartment Life Inc., Kids Beach Clubs, 6Stones Mission Network, The Southern Baptists of Texas, The BGCT, and Lifeway Resources. He currently lives in Huntsville, Tx with his precious wife Emily, and their Great Pyrenees, Cleveland. He Locally serves the college students at Sam Houston State University at a Worship and Bible Study called TRUTH on Tuesday nights and Kardia, a worship experience at Houston's First in Houston, Tx.
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