My name is David, and I love Jesus.
I also love my wife. She’s wonderful. We met over 6 years ago in college, but we didn’t get to know each other until the past two years, as we attend the same church, New City Fellowship East Lake. We live in Chattanooga.
I’m the founder of Develop CENTS, a company that provides IT services to nonprofits organizations and small businesses. CENTS is an acronym for Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training, and Supporting. As our clients are committed to developing their communities, we’re committed to developing their technology, and freeing their resources in better pursuit of their missions.
I went to Covenant College. In one of my classes,”Living and Working in a Multi-Cultural Context,” I enjoyed learning about the different types of cultures in the world, and how people communicate. I try to avoid terms such as “serving” or “ministering to” because I believe that these notions build a wrong attitude in the person doing development work. It really isn’t about me and my ideas. Instead, community development must be about building healthy relationships.
Bryant Myers writes in his book, Walking With the Poor, “Poverty is a result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings.”
I want to facilitate the building of relationships and to combine my Information Technology / Computer Engineering skills with healthy community development. Develop CENTS is currently the way I pursue this goal.
I enjoy running, hiking, cooking, computer security research, expanding my Linux & server administration skills, reading, and spending time with my wife and my friends. I also enjoy quail hunting and fishing, although I haven’t been nearly as often in recent years as I did growing up.
One of my favorite quotes is by Duane Elmer, in his book Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry: “Love is culturally defined. When we truly love others, we love them in their own context, in keeping with the way they define love. We can’t express love in a vacuum. It can be expressed egocentrically (my way) or sociocentrically (as the other person would define love).“