About David H. Peterson


This is my personal blog. It is a resource particularly focused on those new or relatively new to pastoral ministry and leadership. As a new or “rookie” pastor, you need those who will come up along side, offer insights, and coach you through the process of leading your church. This is something which we do not often receive after Bible school or seminary. That is what I offer here.

I write on pastoral leadership, productivity, church systems, and the personal life of the pastor. I also from time to time write on biblical and theological issues as they might relate to our pastoral life and calling.

My objective here is to offer thoughts, ideas and practical insights I have gained over 37 years to help you maximize your ministry now and in the future. If you are just beginning or have recently begun leading a church, then this blog is for you.

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I have worked as a Pastor for most of my adult life. Following my undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Houghton College, I received my Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  Since my seminary graduation in 1980, I have served three churches. I served in my last position for 25 years since planting the church in 1987.

I am now utilizing my gifts, training, and life experiences to help men in mid-life discover how to live a life of significance so that they may positively impact the next generation. You can find more information at New Venture Coaching. I am currently pursuing full credentials with Professional Christian Coaching Institute and the International Coach Federation.

Since my seminary days, I have had an interest in not only leadership, productivity, self-help, and ministry related topics, but also philosophy and theology. In the last several years, I have been in several coaching networks with church strategist and ministry coach Nelson Searcy.

Beginning in 1999, my ministry expanded beyond the local pastorate and into the former Soviet Union, Africa and India. I teach in several overseas Bible schools and seminaries and am a featured presenter for Global Leadership Training conferences. Working with both positioned and emerging leaders in these countries has given me a unique perspective on the application of leadership principles to the pastoral role here in the United States.

I have been married to my wife, Julie, for over 40 years. We have four married adult children and four grandchildren. We live in the Hudson Valley of New York. I like strong coffee, but not after 6:00 PM!


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