… Hello! My name is David and I am the pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Lookout Mountain, GA. These are the musings of a Christian pilgrim. The “pilgrimage” theme is one of the primary metaphors used in the Bible to describe the Christian life. The Christian life is a pilgrimage of faith and communion with God through sharing in the life and communion of that heavenly pilgrim Jesus Christ. He won eternal communion with God for sinners through leaving heaven and coming to earth, living a sinless life, providing his sacrificial death on the cross, gloriously rising from the dead, and then returning to heaven as the exalted King.
The pilgrimage theme not only describes my life in Christ, but describes my coming to Christ. I grew up as a military kid and moved around a bit, but spent the majority of my early life on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which I consider home. Jesus Christ called me to himself through the ministry of Campus Outreach while attending the State University of West Georgia. Later, after taking some time off from school, I attended Florida Bible College and then graduated from Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama with a B.A. in Biblical-Theological Studies. For seminary, I began my studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and then graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando in 2008.
I was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of the South of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in the spring of 2006, after which, I served as the ministerial intern of Reformation OPC in Oviedo, Florida while I finished seminary. Following graduation in 2008, I became the ministerial intern for Grace OPC in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, which ended in October of 2009. In February 2010 Reformed Presbyterian Church on Lookout Mountain called me as their Senior Pastor; I was then ordained in April 2010 by the Tennessee Valley Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America and installed at RP in May 2010.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory, (Colossians 3.1-4).
I invite you to join me in this journey of faith, and hope you find encouragement here for your pilgrimage as we sojourn together in Christ, for here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.