Spotlight: What Kind of Old Man Do I Want to Be?
Peak 7 has an incredible crew of volunteers. Many of them give of their time and effort to multiple organizations doing great work in their cities. Dave has been involved with Peak 7 Oregon from the beginning and we are honored to be included as one of the places he chooses to spend his time giving back!
How did you first get involved with Peak 7?
I spent a number of years working with Canby Grove Conference Center which was sold. During the years of operation, we had an outdoor adventure component which was transferred to Peak 7 so the Oregon rafting ministry could continue. During my years at the conference center, I volunteered and was trained to be a guide.
What about Peak 7 is meaningful?
Peak 7 is a high quality Christ-centered organization with skilled leadership providing a doorway to many who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to experience God’s handiwork.
What do you do with your time when you’re not helping Peak 7?
I have been retired from the corporate life for 11 years. Early in retirement I asked myself the question, “What kind of old man do you want to be?” And so, after months of reflection and prayer I began to explore ways that I had gifting, felt called, and could give back. Today I am on four non-profit boards, including a denomination’s church loan fund, Haiti Foundation of Hope, which runs a school for 970 people and year-round clinic in northern Haiti. I have made annual trips to Haiti as a part of their medical teams. As a member of a local church, I serve in leadership and serve on the board of an organization that ministers to pastors and church leaders (Soulformation). Finally, I have been trained as a spiritual director and spend time mentoring 12 men individually.
What is your favorite thing to do outside?
I have had a life-long interest in cycling and have ridden 20 Cycle Oregon routes and volunteered as a SAG driver for the past four years. Rafting has also been a rich experience in spending time with staff, volunteers, and guests.