Stewardship & Gifts Officer, Philanthropy Unit, General Council
Serves in: Shining Waters, Canadian Shield, Antler River Watershed, Western Ontario Waterways, and Horseshoe Falls Regional Councils
Location: Teleworks and is available for consultations.
Dave is a part of the national Philanthropy Unit of The General Council. He connects with five regions to encourage and support communities of faith to grow faithful and generous disciples. Contact Dave about: Called to be the Church: The Journey program; Congregational Giving; Mission & Service; Planned Legacy Giving; Stewardship Education; The United Church Foundation.
Dave supports communities of faith in all aspects of stewardship programing. Within the overall limits of serving five regions, Dave supports both individuals and communities of faith in implementing resources for stewardship education, planned giving, Mission and Service, and the United Church Foundation.
His team creates and supports engagement in the Called to Be the Church annual giving program across the country.
Dave envisions stewardship as a call to discipleship and he loves the opportunity to help communities of faith grow faithful and generous disciples. He believes in the Called to Be the Church program and he sees the results when congregations begin to use the materials.
Experience and Biography
Dave grew up in Hamilton Ontario and was ordained in 1990 in Hamilton Conference. Looking back over 30 years of ministry, 26 of which were spent in three rural and small-town congregations in Alberta and throughout Southern Ontario, he knows what the barriers are in communities of faith to talking about money and his experience in ministry gives him an appreciation of what a challenge it is to address stewardship before the situation becomes desperate.
The last five years as Stewardship & Gifts Officer have taught Dave much while refining what he already knew about the importance of stewardship and generosity as hallmarks of following Jesus. It is exciting work to support congregations as they grow strong disciples!
Dave’s passion for inspiring and inviting people to respond to God’s love as expressed in Jesus, and his crazy creative spirit become obvious. The phrases, “Why not? Let’s try it and see what happens!” “God loves you and God loves variety” and “If you can’t do it and have fun, think twice.” summarize his approach to ministry.
Dave is married to Deb and they have 3 adult sons, 3 daughters-in-law, 2 grand-dogs and their first grand-child arrived in August 2019. Dave and Deb live just north of Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario in Elmira.
Stewardship hinges on discipleship. It’s about discovering how to grow and live out your faith with spiritual practices of generosity—that’s what makes strong congregations and a strong church.