Before going to college to study to be a pastor, David worked for the Australian Customs Service. He has a Bachelors of Theology and Ministry from Avondale College from 2017. His first assignment was as the assistant pastor at Glenorchy (2018-2019) and Margate SDA (2019) churches, and chaplain at Hilliard Christian School (2018-19). David started pastoring at Devonport and Deloraine SDA Churches and chaplaincy at NWCS since 2020.
David is married to Sokha and have three beautiful children who attend NWCS.
Who inspires you and why?
A retired pastor named Bob Possingham. I first met him at a youth leadership training weekend. I thought he looked too old to be teaching us. But I was wrong. He was the keynote speaker and he was honest, transparent and I became very attracted to the way he presented the gospel to us. It wasn't just his speeches, but In his character too. He exuded genuine love and care. I especially remembered a tip he gave us on how to remember names after meeting them for the first time. After a year after I met him again, and he said my name. I was amazed! I got to know more about him and that he had some big challenges in his personal life. But when you met him, he just always had words of gratefulness to God.
What is the most rewarding thing about your role?
- When students share their stories and experiences with me. I believe It's a response to my sharing of my stories and experiences with them.
- When students ask more questions about Jesus and the bible. It let's me know that God Is speaking Into their lives.
- When students make life changing decisions. Decisions are difficult, but with God, you can make them with confidence.
What are you looking forward to?
I look forward to contributing the culture of the school in making it a place of educational worship.
When you’re not working, what do you do in your downtime? Do you have interests or hobbies?
I love to hang out with my family and friends, read, play basketball (In real life and ps4) and I have an Interest In learning about different cultures and languages.
What book are you reading, or what would we find on your podcast list? What do you love to learn about?
I'm currently reading a book called "Counterfeit gods" by Timothy Keller. I love to learn how best to communicate the gospel (the ancient message we have as Christians), to our current culture.