David grew up in Crystal, the youngest and perhaps most compliant of three boys, in a church-going family where he learned that Jesus loved him. His childhood friends would probably say he was a “good guy.” But inside was a pattern of failing and attempts to please God that just made Him seem distant.
The Lord called David into personal relationship with Himself by bringing him face to face with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a most unexpected way at the age of 31. Since that time his life has been marked by the discipleship of men, followers of Jesus that pursued him for his good and God’s glory.
David has his Bachelor’s in Business Administration and his Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) and has spent the past 23 years in the marketplace with an increasing focus on marketplace ministry through roles Fortune 500 companies like Pfizer and Thrivent Financial and involvement with Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC).
David met his wife Laurie on the road to his abiding faith in The Lord and counts it a sweet blessing to have grown together with her in this way while also welcoming son Matthew and daughter Madeleine (and dog Byron, technically their “first born”). The Stays love to start (and finish) each day together, dad with a great breakfast and cup of hot coffee. When David isn’t meeting and coaching men he enjoys helping parents and students make college more affordable and is a frequent public speaker.
Before being led to Ridgewood Church, David & Laurie were Members of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie and Edina for eight years and Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas for five years. David’s love for discipleship began at Fellowship and continued through Wooddale and to this day where he continues active relationships with the men that pursued him with the love of Christ and encouraged him as Jesus did: “Follow me, and I’ll make you fishers of men.” – Matthew 4:19
Through a twenty-month journey through stage IV colorectal cancer, David testifies to the faithfulness of God in all circumstances. It’s during this time that he saw some of the greatest spiritual growth and developed a love for the promises of God, the presence of His people, and the preparedness we’re called to as believers in 1 Peter 3:15: “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”
David’s excited about what God has done in their short time at Ridgewood with the humble things that we’ve been able to offer Him and looking forward to what He’ll do as we live open-handedly for Him. One of his favorite Bible verses is: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4