David was born near Eau Claire, Wisconsin and raised on a dairy farm. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Through the ministry of that congregation God brought him to an understanding of himself as a sinner and to the assurance of God’s forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He was a math major at Western Washington State College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971. He graduated from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 1990. He served Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN until 2005. During these years he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul. In 2006 he began serving as president of Lutheran Brethren Seminary. He and his wife Crystal have two grown sons, six grandchildren, and one great-grand child.
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