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Asst Prof-History and mission
“I teach my students to think about the church as a community of sent disciples, laboring from the Beloved Community in local contexts, in hopes that they might recognize the many cultures and people who make up the Body of Christ. As a Methodist, I encourage them, in the words of John Wesley, to engage the society by “doing no harm,” “doing all the good they can,” while also acknowledging that they are products of the world in which we all live.
My research focuses on the braided identity categories of religion, race, and nation. This focus helps me understand how US Christian Churches function in local societies and throughout the world. The study of Christian Mission affords unique opportunities for such research because it is often in the history of mission encounters that I find the most clear construction of boundaries that divide missionaries from the objects of their work. These boundaries function as mirrors through which we can learn how Christian missionaries define themselves and envision the goal of conversion. In this way, I am attempting to make invisible, unstated, power laden boundaries visible and thus unmask their power. In addition, this knowledge engenders creative ideas for the future of Christian Mission, particularly in this time of climate changes."
In addition to his teaching role, David serves the seminary community as Director of Cross Cultural Programs and Interim Director of the Master of Arts in Religion.
David has worked in various ministry contexts. While living in Washington, DC, David was the Junior/Senior High Director of an out-of-school time program on Capitol Hill. Later he served as Community Development Resource coordinator with MCC East Coast. Most recently he was co-pastor of Boonton United Methodist Church in New Jersey. He loves to spend time with his family. He finds joy in playing and coaching basketball and soccer. He is also an avid music enthusiast. Above all else, he would like to be known as someone who loves God with deep conviction and loves God’s people with a heart that is wide open.
Ph.D. Drew University Graduate Division of Religion, Historical Studies
M.Phil. Drew University, Historical Studies
M.T.S. Wesley Theological Seminary, History of Christianity
B.A. Spring Arbor College, Christian Ministries
“To Rid the Italian Soul of One Dark Blot: Recognizing Race in White Christian Religion” Journal of Religious History, Forthcoming 2016.
“Regenerating the Italian Race: The Italian Methodist Mission and the Americanization of Italian History.” Methodist History, April 2011, Vol. XLLX No. 3: 132-146.
“The Racial Context of Christian Churches in the United States.” Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil ed. James Ellis, Forthcoming Summer 2014.
“Mark Auslander, The Accidental Slave Owner: Revisiting the Myth of Race and Finding an American Family.” Methodist History, October 2012, 51:1 & 2: 173-75.
“What are You?: A review of Searching for Zion.” The Revealer, 2013, http://therevealer.org/archives/17714
Get on Board http://room4many.blogspot.com/
Session Chair/Commentator, “An Individuals Impact: Ideas, Inventions, Identities” Eastern American Studies Association, Eastern Mennonite University March 23, 2013
Narrator, “Paul Robeson: I Go on Singing,” Eastern Mennonite University, February 9, 2013.
“University Sunday: A License to Live.” April 27, 2014. John Wesley United Methodist Church, Harrisonburg, VA.
“A Domesticated King.” January 20, 2014. Eastern Mennonite University Chapel.
“Suspicions of a Black Man.” November 22, 2013. Eastern Mennonite University Chapel.
“A Neighborhood Watch for Trayvon.” October 8, 2013. Eastern Mennonite Seminary Chapel.
“An Immigrant Mission.” July 7, 2013. Parkview Mennonite Church. Harrisonburg, VA
“A Certain Sound: Spiritual Songs and the Civil Rights Movement.” February 17, 2012. Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center, Harrisonburg, VA.
“The People in Your Neighborhood” February 10, 2012, Manor Memorial UMC, New Market, VA.
“Generation Fusion” September 30, 2012, Culpeper UMC, Culpeper, VA.
“Dealing with Diversity” October 28, 2012, Immanuel Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA.
(2013-14 FA) CTH 501 A – Christian Tradtion I
(2013-14 SP) CTH 512 A – Christian Tradition II
(2013-14 SP) CM 724 A – Racial Healing & Blue Eyed Soul
EMU Strategic Plan Task Force, 2014
Climate Action Plan Committee, 2014
2014 C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest judge.
Christian Formation Faculty Search Committee, 2013-14
Martin Luther King Planning Committee, 2013-14
Seminary Admissions Committee, 2013-14
Seminary Academic Committee, 2013-14
Master of Arts in Counseling 3-year Faculty Review Committee Fall 2013
Old Testament/Hebrew Faculty Search Committee, Spring 2012-Fall 2013
Seminary Community Council, Faculty Representative, Spring 2013