David’s Story

I spent much of my childhood, as many of us do, trying to understand where I fit.

As part of this pursuit, I invested much time in many seemingly useless talents: amateur magic, unicycle riding, juggling… Since running away and joining the circus didn’t really seem to be a good idea, particularly as I wasn’t really good enough at any one of these talents, I continued to pursue a place where I belonged. Suffice it to say, none of these unusual talents did anything towards helping me fit in better with my peers! What did make a difference, however, was when I entered high school and God began to impress on me that His love for me, and the sacrifice of His Son at the cross, was not to be taken merely as theology, but as something which had great personal application for me!

In High School I was extremely quiet, speaking only to very close friends, thinking it safer to not talk then to risk being misunderstood.

When I went to the University of New Mexico I determined to find a church where I could hide in the back, nobody would challenge me to anything greater, and I would never have to speak of my convictions or faith.

Somehow I ended up in the Great Commission Church student group and God chuckled.

I have spent much of my adulthood, as many of us do, trying to understand where I fit.

In that pursuit, somehow the boy who hated to speak and was determined to remain hidden became  a pastor who delights in the word of God so much that he relishes the opportunity to find ways to communicate it,.

However, I still fear being misunderstood and I still share that same sense of not quite fitting in anywhere.  I have come to understand that it’s a universal feeling, born of the fact that we are not home, but on a journey.  A journey I’d rather share with you, then walk alone.

In 1989 I was extremely blessed to marry my college sweetheart and together we’ve raised seven kids:  five homegrown, and two we’ve adopted from Ethiopia.

I have spent most of my Pastoral career, as many of us do, trying to understand where I fit.

In 2008, after pastoring at RWCC for 18 years, I planted a church called Lifesong with a group of adventurous pioneers to whom I will always be grateful.  Five years later we closed our doors, but not before each of our hearts were entwined, our lives were changed, our paradigms shifted forever and our God’s goodness, power and wisdom vindicated.

When Lifesong closed, God led me into a ministry coaching and serving pastors helping them see how their church fits in God’s cosmic plan 

After five years of coaching pastors, God led me once again to plant a church, but this time with a radically new look.  

While most churches understand the value of small groups, Focus Church is all about the small groups. We typically have about 10-20 times as many people in groups as we do in our service and the accountability, resource, energy, and training that most churches give to their Sunday service, we instead provide for our small groups.  You can read through some of the blog posts to understand better, or you can just join us by visiting one of our groups anytime you’d like.  For more information fill out the contact form below.   Or if you’d like to give to Focus church directly use the give button below.