PD’s role involves overseeing Community Groups and adult discipleship. He enjoys encouraging and equipping people to experience the fulness of God in their lives. He is convinced that discipleship must happen in community. Prior to coming to Columbia, he and his wife, Kelli, and their two daughters, Claire and Olivia, lived in Richmond, Virginia. There PD was an assistant pastor at a young church plant and a professional counselor. PD has over 12 years of vocational ministry experience, working with college students, youth and families, and young adults. He attended Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv and MA in Counseling, 2012).
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.- 2 Corinthians 5:17–19 ESV