David Bradsher became the pastor of Grace in June 2009. He was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in the nearby suburbs in Maryland. Raised in a Christian home, Dave cannot recall a time he did not know about Jesus. But this does not mean he lived consistently with his upbringing all of his life. His late teenage years found him rebelling and falling into many sinful ways that nearly landed him in jail. “I sinned big time and was living how I wanted to live while pretending I was a follower of Christ. I became mixed up in a sinful relationship that led to a lot of pain and trouble. The Lord allowed me to go my way, to do what I wanted for a time to teach me a valuable lesson: I learned God is God and I am nothing. I am not my own – I belong to my faithful Savior who bought me with the price of his own life. I learned that he is the Lord and I must submit every part of my life to him. I would not be who I am today if it were not for my experience of personal failure which was met by God’s incredible grace and mercy.” Dave attended Art College for one year but dropped out and entered the regular work force as a construction worker and warehouse equipment operator. He met his wife Jennifer at church and the two were married in 1998. It was around the same time Dave began to develop a desire for full time ministry. He remembers his pastor saying once: “Where do you want to be in 5 years?” Dave replied, “The other side of the desk!” “It actually took 10 years to get to that side of the desk, but that’s how God orchestrated it for good reasons! “I wasn’t ready five years ago.” Dave began taking classes in 2001 at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Washington D.C. and transferred to RTS-Orlando in 2002 to complete his degree. After seminary, Dave and family returned to Maryland and fulfilled an internship obligation with his home church. He also served on staff at two other churches in Maryland before accepting the call to Grace. Dave and his wife have four children and reside in Yulee. Dave is grateful to be doing what he loves. “This is probably one of the most demanding jobs in the world but it is also the best job in the world. I cannot imagine doing anything else.” Aside from preaching, Dave is also a musician. He has been in several bands, and went into jails and prisons to play music and share the gospel with inmates. Dave regularly contributes to Grace’s worship ministry.
If you have a question for Pastor Dave, feel free to email him at pastor [@] gracenassau.com.