Member Stories: David

David loves to get “off the grid.” He uses that time to communicate more directly with God. When not at work at the Chicago Board of Trade, you could find him running, swimming or biking. He has run six marathons, completed an Ironman triathlon, biked RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) six times, and endured a Spartan Race - an obstacle course through fire, mud, water and barbed wire. After attending St. Pauls for one year, he became a member in 2009.

Tell me about your faith journey.

David explains his faith journey as more of a roller coaster ride. He grew up in the United Church of Christ. David said, “I really liked youth group, but I wasn’t big into worship. When I was a teenager, my parents gave me a choice…I could go to church or not. I chose not. In my 20s I started to crave a spiritual life, so I started doing yoga. When I realized that didn’t hit the spot, I met with the pastor from my childhood church and he suggested St. Pauls. St. Pauls has given me just the spiritual structure I was looking for. It has turned this agnostic heart to love God and the church.”

Where did you go to college?

I went to the University of Iowa for political science. This may sound strange, but Iowa is my favorite state. I know what you’re going to ask, why? One, I think it’s beautiful – the rolling hills, the rivers the sunsets. And two, I came of age in Iowa - I made mistakes there, learned some important life lessons, and discovered who I was in Iowa.

What activities are you involved in at St. Pauls?

I prepare dinner at the Lincoln Park Community Shelter dinner on St. Pauls’ night every now and again. I also serve at A Just Harvest soup kitchen. Since September I have taught confirmation class. Finally, every other year I’m a group leader for the youth mission trip. Each time I go I am reminded about how amazing the youth are at St. Pauls!

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