David was raised in Washington where his parents served in pastoral ministry with the Pacific Conference of The Evangelical Church. After graduating from Whitworth University, he served for six months as a short-term missionary in Brazil. Having sensed God’s call to ministry, David has since graduated from Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry (PESM) and is a credentialed minister with The Evangelical Church.
Izabel was raised in Brazil and is a vibrant fruit of the ministry of Evangelical Church Missions and the Vida em Cristo Church. She is gifted in personal evangelism and discipleship and has been used effectively in those areas. She attended a year of Bible college here in the USA, starting at Vennard College in Iowa and finishing at Wesley College in Mississippi.
After spending one year in Brazil focusing on learning the culture, studying the language, and performing other odds and ends as needed, David has begun teaching English at two different locations. Brazil Evangelical Missions (BEM) has a long-standing relationship with an English school in the slums of Cubatão. In February, David began helping to teach 4 classes (20-30 students) each week in this slum, basing each English lesson from the Bible. David is also teaching three classes at a private English school in the city of Cubatão. We have recently begun Bible studies at each of these schools, we hope they can evolve into solid groups that we can use to plant churches.
During our first year in Brazil, Izabel assisted another missionary in teaching the English classes in the slums. Since David has been teaching the classes Izabel has focused her attention on being home with Samantha. Izabel has also dedicated her time to going through discipleship studies with newer believers from the church.
David and Izabel were married in 2009 and have one child, Samantha.