In August 2010, we welcomed our senior pastor, Rev. David Aukerman. Pastor David holds D.Min. and M.Div. degrees from the Anderson University School of Theology. He also has an M.A. in mathematics from Miami University (Ohio), which allowed him to teach college mathematics before becoming a pastor. Before moving to Michigan, he and his wife, Tara, served as lay leaders an inner-city church in Indianapolis for several years.
Pastor David enjoys baseball, singing, Star Trek, chess, solving puzzles, and cheering for the Cleveland Indians. He is involved in several organizations in the Midland area, including the Midland Chorale, the Camerata Singers, the Call to the Creek Work Camp, and an interfaith group called “Choosing a Culture of Understanding.”
Pastor David’s doctoral dissertation focused on spiritual formation and contemplative spirituality, specifically on the relationship between preaching and contemplative practices. He is always up for conversations about how to connect with God more intentionally through prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices.