Movies I Enjoy-
I like movies, but I wouldn’t say I’m a movie junkie.  Recently with some friends someone asked “Top 3 movies!?” Mine were, “Finding Neverland,”  ”The Mission,” and “Dan in Real Life.”  I also like good action or heist movies like the Bourne flicks.   Sometimes if I’m in the right mood really stupid humor movies are fun – like “Airplane,” that kind of sophisticated film making.

Favorite Books-
For fun, Peter Mayle and Clive Cussler books; For growth; The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard; I also like Henri Nouwen very much.  I try to never be too far away from a C.S. Lewis book.   A little while ago, I read “The Unlikely Disciple” by Kevin Roose – that was fun.

Favorite TV Show-
ESPN.  I watch a lot of sports.  Probably too much.

Favorite Quote-
“Esse Quam Videri” – State Seal of NC – latin meaning “To be rather than to seem.”

Music-
Third Day, Jason Mraz, Classic Rock

For Fun I Enjoy-
Family time, the outdoors, good conversation, fishing, golf, tennis, prayer with a friend.

Historical Figure I Admire-
Hard to top George Washington.  I like the combination of his vision and his humility.  I love Teddy Roosevelt’s “go for it” perspective, but he had his not so hot sides too.

Favorite Verse-
1 Corinthians 15:10 is one of my favorites.  I love Romans 8.  Psalm 46 is currently my favorite Psalm.

What I Like Best About What I Do-
Teaching and dreaming for the church

Bio-
When I was growing up, my family went to church from time to time, but at that stage of my life, I objected to the whole affair. By the time I was a teenager I had decided religion was a fantasy to address the fears of life. To me, the fact that there are so many different religions proved that nobody really had the answers.

During college I met some Christians I liked. I tried to convince them they were mistaken, but our discussions prompted me to explore. After a period of about two years of asking, doubting, denying and arguing, I came to trust Jesus Christ as my Savior.

After college I worked in banking, got married in 1987, and in 1988 I began work on a Masters of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I finished my M. Div. at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA then joined the staff of Third Presbyterian Church in Richmond as Missions Pastor from 1991-1997. While there I had the privilege of traveling all over the world. In 1995 I completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell, doing my research and writing on the changing nature of Presbyterianism and mainline Christianity in America. In 1997 I began to work with a number of people, in partnership with Pete Bowell, to start Hope Church.  We’ve been at it for a while now and while my job like all jobs has some challenging parts, I feel very, very grateful to be able to do what I do.

More personally, I love sports, a glass of good red wine (Cabernet mostly) and spending time with people I love. I’m new to Twitter – I send a few tweets a week as DavidPDwight. If you want to check a blog where I post thoughts occasionally, visit Word & Way.

Other Interests -
Member of the Board of Directors of Overseas Council International.

Author of the children’s book, The Way. Watch the video interview with David. You may also click here to purchase the book.