David R. Sawyer, Consultant and Writer, is devoting himself to the health and sustainability of congregations as local faith communities. He approaches every consultation with a systemic perspective, a thorough theoretical understanding of organizational science as it apples to faith communities, and sound theological reflection. In 2012 he retired from the faculty at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he taught church leadership and administration and directed the Lifelong Learning and Doctor of Ministry programs. He has forty years experience as a pastor, associate pastor, interim pastor, new church development pastor, judicatory executive staff, and in group facilitation, human systems consultation, and workshop leadership. He is author of Work of the Church: Getting the Job Done in Boards and Committees (Judson Press 1987), and Hope in Conflict: Discovering Wisdom in Congregational Turmoil (Pilgrim Press, 2007), and Pathmarks to New Church: A Workbook for Leaders of Communities in Search of Innovation (Flourishing Church, 2015)
Personally, David enjoys his roles as husband of Deborah Fortel, father/stepfather of four accomplished 40-something children, and grandfather of their four amazing children. Other passions are baseball, jazz, and wilderness hiking.