David Brownfield

David Brownfield

Tell us a little bit about your family and where you’re from. 

I lived in Indiana as a young child and spent my later teenage years in Bozeman, Montana.  I grew up in rural settings.  I met my wife, Debbie, at my missionary appointment service, on July 20th, 1988 while she was on furlough from serving as a missionary in Burkina Faso, West Africa.  We were married on November 12th, 1988.  In March 2016, after retiring, we moved back to the States ending up in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  We have no children but are with our third dog, Mocha.

When did you meet Jesus? 

Growing up in a Christian home, I was exposed to the Gospel at home and in our local church.  At age 9, I understood the need for a Savior and at a revival service gave my life to Christ.  In college, I was exposed to a deeper understanding of the Lordship of Christ which made a big difference in my walk with Christ.

What is one of your favorite Bible verses? 

John 13:15-16 – I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  And Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

What is your current role with Lifepoint? How long have you been on staff? 

Volunteer Associate Pastor.  Starting July 2022.

How do you hope your ministry will impact people?

As I strive to serve others, I hope to see more people glorifying Jesus in all aspects of their relationship with Him, from salvation to walking the Christian life in Mount Vernon and to the world. 

What experience/education/training has helped prepare you for your current role?  

In the past, I had many opportunities with a wide variety of services that have helped prepare me to fit into most any service role as needed.  In 1980 I graduated in Agricultural Engineering from Montana State University, Bozeman Montana.  I was very involved in The Baptist Student Union on campus.  In Southwest Montana, while working as an engineer, I participated in a church plant in Ennis, Montana, and outreach in Sheridan, Montana.  I received my Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 1985.  While in seminary, I worked in Pacifica Baptist Church as a youth pastor for 2.5 years, and during one summer while working as an engineer, I participated in a church plant in Sandpoint, Idaho.  I also worked 2.5 years for the Indian Health Service as an engineer out of Spokane, Washington, and was the Associate Pastor of the Sandpoint Baptist Church.  Between pastors, I was their Interim Pastor.

In July 1988 I was appointed to serve as a Career Missionary to Ethiopia with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (IMB of SBC).  I met Debbie, who became my wife, at my appointment service.  We spent the next 27-plus years working in Ethiopia.  Each term on the field was different.  We served among the Amhara people group, who are mainly part of the Ethiopian Eastern Orthodox Coptic Church.  But we also served among Amharic Muslims and in Evangelical churches.  The experience included developing and leading human needs projects, Church leadership training, developing materials for and facilitating Bible School, developing and facilitating Chronological Bible Storying projects, Gospel radio programming and distribution of same on electronic devices, developing and facilitating house church strategies, Bible distribution projects, Church training in house church methodologies and more.  Our main objective was to see bodies of believers forming and multiplying in mainly rural locations in Ethiopia.  For the last 6 years, as part of Lifepoint, I have been learning how to serve as a Lifegroup leader, on Connection’s team, mission trips, and in other activities.

What are some of your favorite shows, books, movies, music, etc? 

Shows: NCIS and 60’s, 70’s, and some 80’s reruns. Almost anything with James Garner.  Also, Youtube videos dealing with automotive issues.

Books: A good western. Mainly older (Louis L’Amour).  And technical materials about vehicles.

Movies: Mainly action and old westerns.

Music: 70’s contemporary Christian music and traditional hymns

What do you do for fun? 

I can easily be a “relax at home” type of person watching my favorite shows or movies.  Also, like vehicle shows of any kind or just going through old salvage yards

Associate Pastor (volunteer)
Mike Andrews
Youth and College Pastor
Sam Romine