David first went to Malawi East Africa in 1982 after finishing at Bethany Bible College. The experience changed his life and birthed in him a vision for working in Africa. During his trip, he met Pastor/Evangelist John Butts who would later introduce David to his daughter Carol. They were married in 1984. David and Carol were able to take several short term missions' trips in the 80's and 90's. After serving as assistant pastor in two churches, and as senior pastor in Springville, California, David and Carol were appointed by the Assemblies of God to Central Africa in 1996. They are now serving their 5th 4-year term in Cameroon and Sierra Leone. Their next furlough will begin in June of 2022. They have three children: Ryan and Melanie who live and work in San Diego, CA, and Nathan who is attending Mira Mar College in San Diego. Ryan married Jenny (Marple) in 2017 and Jack Oliver was born on December 13, 2018.