Though Dave was born in Taiwan, he grew up in Saudi Arabia from age one to seven. It was not until his family immigrated to the United States that they were truly exposed to Christianity. In Alabama, a childhood friend of his mother invited them to church, and in 1988 he came to know the Lord through the youth ministry. Lila was born in Chicago, and raised in a Christian home with Korean parents. But Lila did not give her life over to the Lord until 8th grade when she attended a church retreat.
After Dave worked seven years as a civil engineer and Lila worked eight years as an elementary school teacher, they decided to quit their jobs to attend seminary in preparation for vocational ministry. It was through a combination of examining their life history, reading God’s Word, praying, the Spirit’s prompting, attending the Perspectives on World Missions course together, and seeking the counsel of others in church that confirmed their calling towards the mission field.
Dave graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in December 2009 with a masters of divinity and joined the pastoral staff of New Covenant Fellowship Church, their home church in Maryland, on a part-time basis. With a masters in education curriculum and instruction, Lila returned to teaching in the public elementary school sector, while they prepared for the mission field.
Dave and Lila had been serving as church planting missionaries with OMF International in Thailand since December 2011. They live in the province of Nakhon Sri Thammarat in South Thailand. They recently moved to the town of Tha Sala, and have started student ministry at Walailak University. Dave and Lila have three boys, Caleb (12), Caden (10), and Corban (4).