Biography – Pastor Dave

The places I’ve been

I was born and raised in Port Orchard, Washington, which is on the Puget Sound.  It is a beautiful part of the country, if you can take the rain.  I grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound.

Next came four years at the University of Washington in Seattle, where I received a degree in History. There was a strong Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) group there and it became a very formative force in my life.

I was a volunteer staff member with IV in Missoula, Montana.  There I learned what winter can be like, but also saw the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and of tall and majestic Ponderosa Pines. There I did various odd jobs to support myself. The most interesting job was on a helicopter logging operation. My future wife, Jerry Anne was a student at UM, and we met through the IV group.

Next came a year at Trinity seminary near Chicago, then a return to Missoula for a year to get married. Jerry and I returned to Chicago to attend an Urban ministry program (me) and work in urban recreation (Jerry). We lived 10 minutes from Wrigley Field!  The Cubs were quite the lovable losers in that era.

After Seminary we served in the borough of Queens, in New York City for 9 years. Our three daughters were born in New York City.  Our neighborhood was like a small town surrounded by 8 million people.  We discovered Italian Ice, many kinds of sausage, Sicilian Pizza and what it means when someone is “connected.”

We came to Madison in 1994 to serve at Bethany. We live here in the neighborhood, our kids have gone to public schools, and we live close enough to the Yahara River to carry over our canoe.  Our daughters are mostly out of the house – one married and working, two are in college.

My interests include the Brewers, wood carving, grilling, hiking and camping, history and languages. Jerry loves to quilt.  We are still looking for the quilt store that is next to the wood carving store.

Bethany is a neighborhood oriented, multi-cultural church. Over the years a number of ministries have gotten started out of Bethany – including at least 4 church plants.

David Carlson.

pastordavec@tds.net

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