Pastor Dave was raised in rural upstate New York and understood the Gospel message as a young teen in a covered wagon at a county fair. He attended Rutgers University, on a wrestling scholarship, where he met his wife, Laura. God used his involvement in Campus Crusade during college to help him grow in his faith and lead him toward full time ministry. Dave and Laura were married the fall after their college graduation and five months later, they joined CRU and spent 22 years with the Campus Ministry, working at various schools throughout New England. Dave has been a member of BE Free since 1993 and was called to be our Assistant Pastor in 2006. He and Laura have three children, three granddaughters and one grandson. They both enjoy the outdoors, exploring new places, card and board games and various sports. Pastor Dave has a master's degree in Divinity from Bethel Seminary of the East and a passion for seeing people coming to personal faith in Christ and grow to maturity.
David J. Peters
Pastor David Peters (DP) was raised all over North America, born in Kansas and spending the majority of his life in Western and Central Canada (Ontario). A proud mix of American, Canadian, Japanese and German heritage, he finds himself with a passion for traveling and a student of many cultures. David attended the University of Windsor, where he discovered a calling to ministry through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, using his interests, skills and experiences to train for vocational ministry. David met his wife, Sasha, during his final year at DTS, a relationship born from a love of sushi. They married in Dallas in May of 2019, after which God called them to Branford. They share a love for different foods, finding new restaurants, exploring the outdoors, time at the beach, and enjoy sharing two cultures (Sasha is from Ukraine) in one marriage. David enjoys all things fantasy and sci-fi, with a particular love for Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. David joined BE Free in March of 2020. He seeks to empower young people to see God’s perspective on their lives and to show them how they can practically and holistically follow Jesus in every part of life.
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