Love for Coffee

Growing up in Robbinsdale, where both his father, a Lutheran pastor, and his mother influenced his faith.

My mom was a stalwart of the faith and was always there for her children and husband.

Dave always thought of the church as God’s house.

I’m a PK (preacher’s kid), so I was raised in the church. I remember the sights, the sounds (or lack thereof), the smells especially in the sanctuary. Here one truly felt the presence of God, or at least I did, to meditate or pray alone or with others.

Some of Dave’s favorite Bible verses are Isaiah 40:31:

…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

And Philippians 4:6-9:

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,  whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,  whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned and received and heard and seen in me, do. And the God of peace shall be with you.

As a young man, Dave considered going into the ministry, but ended up becoming a doctor, and moving to the area in the 1980s.

Back in the day, Pastor Ed Blair came a knocking at our door in Rockford a number of times. We had been to Zion on several occasions and it seems to me that he greeted us by name each time. I think he had a photographic memory!  At any rate, his warm and heartfelt invitation to join Zion was all it took, and of course with Pastor John as co-pastor, how could we not become members.

Dave and his wife, Linda, have been involved with a variety of ministries with a world hunger and global health focus.

I’ve been involved in supporting our mission partner church in the Harrison Neighborhood of North Minneapolis, Redeemer Lutheran. I’m planning on getting more involved in this mission field, especially now that I’m able to cut back on work more.

My wife Linda has been involved in Harvest of Hands at Zion for over 30 years. I enjoy helping in this ministry as much as I can. A cool fact that all of you should know is that Harvest of Hands has packed over 350,000 meals to feed the hungry.

Dave is probably most recognized as the face behind the Fair Trade table on the second Sunday of each month. He got involved in that project after meeting Lew and Marion Hille through the Global Missions Committee.

At the time they were getting involved in selling fair trade coffee at Zion thru Lutheran World Relief . It was not long after that, given my love for coffee, that they were gracious enough to let me become involved too.

Lutheran World Relief works with small-scale coffee and cocoa farmers around the world to improve the quality, yield, and value of their crops so that they better support their families and communities. Farmers earn a fair price for quality crops, and the Fair Trade certification system works to assure that their products meet certain environmental, labor, and developmental standards.

When the Hilles retired from the Global Missions committee and from selling fair trade coffee, Dave stepped up.

I was helping them and, because I didn’t want to see this tradition come to an end, I am continuing it. One of the real neat things about selling this fair trade coffee is that for every item sold, $1 is transferred to the undesignated funds available for distribution for the Global Missions Committee. To me it seems like a win-win situation!  Also, I get to interface with so many wonderful Zion members and talk just about anything, but especially faith matters. To me this is church.

Dave also considers himself to be a prayer warrior, and the giving of tithes and offerings is extremely important to him.