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David Whiting - Lead Pastor

About David

David was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit Pennsylvania.

In 1991 he married Susan, and God has blessed them with three wonderful girls: Alexandra (1994), Morgan (1996), and Emily (1998).

After spending over eight years as a youth pastor in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area, David came to Northridge Church in January, 2001 to become the Lead Pastor. David's passion is to lead a church to make more and better disciples.

Q&A with David
What do you love most about Northridge?
I get to watch God work in people's lives in a dramatic way. To live Acts 16:5 is every pastor's dream.

What's one thing you love about Rochester?
I love the weather (I'm serious). We were given a gift of a snow-blower; love the snow; love the mild summer; love the lake. I get annoyed with weather complainers (just a fair warning).

What is your favorite quote?
A recent one I like: "Graveyards are full of supposedly indispensable people."

What is one thing most people don't know about you?
I'm not naturally an extroverted people-person.

What is one book (besides the Bible) that impacted you?
The Cross Centered Life (C.J. Mahaney) or anything by John Piper.

What is your family like?
Great wife (23 years married) and three awesome daughters. We love being together.

Who is someone you admire?
Those who suffer and give glory to God.

What is your biggest challenge?
Myself (my pride; my selfishness; my weaknesses; my lack of faith... how much do you want to know?)

What do you love most about your job?
I have a job that uses my two primary gifts given to me by God. How many people get to do that?

What is a favorite passage of Scripture?
Acts 20:24 - I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.

What inspires you?
The idea of leading a church that doesn't believe we must choose between biblical faithfulness and cultural relevancy.

David maintains a personal blog where he shares about leadership, the church, family & life. Read his blog at

Contact David
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