David holds the Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies from Gardner-Webb University, NC. He holds the Doctorate of Philosophy in Historical Theology from Baylor University (TX). He has extensive training in biblical studies and theology, vocal performance and music production, along with training in individual and couples counseling.
David has served at various churches for fourteen years in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, including the Pastor of The Disciple Church (TX), and has served as a hospice chaplain with Mission Hospice (Friendswood, TX). He has taught classes in Religion for several years at Lone Star College (Cy-Fair, TX), and has served as Bible faculty at the college prepartory school of Houston Christian High School. He is currently the Associate Pastor of Discipleship at First Methodist Houston, Westchase campus.
David’s wife, Elaine, holds the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Studies and the Master of Arts in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. Elaine served in the public school system for seven years before being called into full-time ministry. Elaine is currently the Minister to Children at First Methodist Houston, where she writes the entire curriculum for the children. You will never meet a better children’s minister! (See her website at http://elainependergrass.com/)
David loves to wrestle with his kids, take his wife out to eat, play video games, watch movies, listen to and write music, and read. And no, he doesn’t dye his hair red. Every-once-in-a-while, an angel comes from heaven and blesses certain children with God’s favorite color while they are still in the womb. David and Elaine have been married since 1999 and have two phenomenal children: Hayden (7) and Julia (5).