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Executive Search Consultant
David serves as an Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group.
David grew up in a traditional Baptist church in Des Moines, IA. Those growing up years were formative in giving him a love for God and His Church. He graduated from Summit University and Baptist Bible Seminary (M. Div) in Clarks Summit, PA. David met his wife, Sue, in college, and they married a month after he graduated. They have been married for 27 years and have three daughters in college.
David served as a pastor for almost 24 years. First, he was a Youth Pastor in Harrisburg, PA, for over eight years, and then served as the Lead Pastor of Northridge Church in Rochester, NY, for over 15 years. Northridge Church is over 125 years old and made significant changes under David's leadership. For decades, the church was "stuck" in attendance in the 200s, occasionally cresting 300 attendees. Under David's leadership, the church grew at an average of over 10% a year until they were averaging over 2000 each Sunday when he came to work for Vanderbloemen. To help make more and better disciples, the church went through significant changes such as a name change, music styles, and a totally new constitution and leadership organization. The church grew every year under his leadership, and they hosted a conference for pastors, staff, and church leaders that had over 900 total attendees last year. In 2016, Outreach Magazine listed Northridge as one of the country's fastest growing churches.
His passion is to help churches become places that are thriving and making more and better followers of Jesus. He realizes that the staffing of that church is foundational for it to succeed in accomplishing its biblical mission.
As an Executive Search Consultant, David works directly with churches, guiding them through Vanderbloemen's extensive search process to find the right staff for their church. He focuses on discovering the unique DNA of the church and matching that church DNA with candidates who possess the skills and gifts they need to help the church accomplish its mission.
He also consults with churches on organizational issues that are unique to them as they pursue the Great Commission.