Next weekend, Immanuel’s Spring Missions Conference will focus on local ministries and outreach. How fitting that we can set aside the weekend following the celebration of how Christ gave up his life for us, to encourage each other to give ourselves in service to others. We have picked for our theme, “That We May Serve.” As Jesus said, “The greatest among you shall be your servant (Mt. 23:11).” Dr. David Apple from Philadelphia will be our keynote speaker. We will also hear from a number of our missionaries serving in RVA and throughout the US. Hope you can join us.
Saturday, April 27th
6:00 PM | Room 107
“It’s Not About Me”
Sunday, April 28th
9:30 AM | Sanctuary
“Mercy is for Everyone”
10:45 AM | Sanctuary
“More Than Tea and Cookies”
Missions Luncheon: REGISTER ONLINE
1:30 PM | Fellowship Hall
Q&A – Wrap Up
Dr. David S. Apple has directed the Mercy Ministry of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, since 1988. He presently oversees over 200 volunteer staff in outreach, evangelism and hospitality to homeless and addicted persons, nursing home residents, incarcerated men and women, people living on the fringe, and others. His ministry includes deacon training and equipping churches across the United States for ministry in their communities. He is the author of Not Just a Soup Kitchen: How Mercy Ministry in the Local Church Transforms Us All and Neighborology: Practicing Compassion as a Way of Life.
In his many years of experience, David has had two philosophies of ministry: 1) There is no mercy without the gospel–we must provide an alternative to what the world offers; and 2) Don’t work harder than the people coming for help–encourage independence, not dependence. These philosophies are seen plainly in his work.
David grew up in Paterson, New Jersey in a non-religious Jewish home and attended Eastside High, the school made famous in the film, Lean on Me. From an early age he was taught the principles of justice and reconciliation. In 1963 and 1964, he participated in civil rights marches and spoke at youth rallies in support of his rabbi and other “Freedom Riders.” As a college freshman, he came to salvation in Christ through the ministry of an urban church plant in the Northside of Paterson. David worked in crisis intervention and public advocacy for many years, and then managed a printing business before injuries from an auto accident put him on disability.
David earned a B.A. from Calvin College, a Pastoral Counseling Certificate from Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, and a MATS and D.Min. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to these earned degrees, he has learned much in “Jesus’s School of Life”: From paralysis and loss of an eye from a skull fracture, childhood sexual abuse, single parenthood, and loss of job-income-health after being hit by a drunk driver. All of this to show that “His power is made known in my weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).
David has served in diaconal and mercy ministry for over forty years. Building on both success and failure, he loves training deacons and equipping churches for ministry. He enjoys Sunday crossword puzzles and baseball. He is a lifetime Brooklyn Dodgers fan.