Pastor Dave served Walnut Hill as Senior Pastor from 1989 – 2018 when he stepped down and Pastor Dan Gunderson stepped up to become the lead pastor. Before entering the ministry full time, Pastor Dave served as an intern at Galilee Baptist Church (CBA) in Denver Colorado, and at Oakland Ave. Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Pontiac Michigan. His theological training came from Denver Seminary (M. Div.). Previous undergraduate and graduate work were done at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, and the University of Michigan.
Pastor Dave married his “much better half,” Anne, in 1977. Over the years Anne has served in children, youth, adult, drama, outreach, music, and administrative ministries. Dave and Anne have three grown children and 9 grandchildren. Their families all live in Baraboo and are members at Walnut Hill.
The driving spiritual passions that have remained consistent throughout his years of service have been faithfulness to the truth of divinely inspired Word of God, the great commandment (Matthew 22:34-40), and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).
Pastor Dave completed his ministry here on earth Friday, October 2nd, 2020. While we are overjoyed that he is now with Jesus, we are saddened by his leaving. He will be deeply missed.