Interview: Rev. David Carpenter

Interview: Rev. David Carpenter

Reverend David Carpenter’s journey to the ministry was not a straight path. God began tugging at his heart in high school. Despite an initial desire to study history, Rev. Carpenter found that his calling intensified after college, leading him to obtain a master’s degree in Arkansas in 1993 and subsequently enroll at Memphis Theological Seminary. Ordained in 1998, Rev. Carpenter has dedicated his life to preaching and serving his community ever since.

Rev. Carpenter opened up about the challenges he faces in his ministry, notably the balance between administrative duties and his passion for evangelism. He has a longing for more personal, one-on-one interactions to fulfill his pastoral mission.

Despite these challenges, Rev. Carpenter finds immense reward in his service, particularly through the significant life moments he shares with his congregation. Whether it is baptisms, weddings, or comforting families during funerals or as he rightly calls them “homecomings.” He cherishes being a supportive presence and reminding families of their blessings.

His favorite Book is the Gospel of Luke, especially 24:5 which records the Resurrection: “And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them: ‘Why seek ye the living among the dead?’” The many parables such as The Good Samaritan and The Prodigal Son and accounts such as that of Zaccheus the Wee Little Man found in Luke are his favorite.

His favorite verse is actually a tie between John 3:16: “For God so Loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life.”

And Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God” Carpenter also addressed a common misconception about ministry, highlighting that preaching isn’t solely the domain of ordained ministers

He believes that everyone has the oppornity and responsibility to share their faith, a perspective that underscores his inclusive view of spirituality

Outside the pulpit, Rev. Carpenter reveals a lighter side, sharing his love for sports, particularly his alma mater’s teams and the Los Angeles Dodgers. This interest offers him a relatable dimension, balancing his spiritual dedication with a universal passion for sports.

Rev, Carpenter expressed his deep connection to Olney, Texas, his home and community. hoping that his life’s work reflects his love for God and serves as a testament to his faith.

Rev. Dave heads the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 210 S Avenue M. and services are Sundays at 10:50 a.m.