Our Senior Pastor
Dr. David Bleivik is the senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn. Before entering the ministry, Dave served as a Counter Intelligence Agent for the US Army. While running a case, he clashed with someone who threatened to kill him and he began to share the good news of Christ. Soon thereafter he realized that God was calling him to be an agent for the Gospel and instead of the government. So he went to Princeton Seminary, during his summers, he worked as a street, beach and bar minister and prison chaplain. In his spare time, he worked as a youth minister in a suburban church, a student chaplain with juvenile homicide cases, an inner city recreation worker, and ran a coffee house at Princeton University. Most importantly, Dave met Ann Brandon, who soon became his wife. After graduating, Dave pastored a rural church in PA, a suburban church in Ohio, a new church development in VA. During this time he got a Doctor of Ministry degree in church growth with an emphasis in Faith Leadership, from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Dave also served as the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage, Alaska for ten years and then as the Executive Presbyter of the Washington Presbytery in Pennsylvania.
Pastor Dave's vision for our church is to have a people filled with a Godly vision and for our church to be a safe place where people can come home to the love of God. As a pastor, he seeks to be there for us. He continually seeks ways for us to grow, to serve our community and become the person that God would have us be. He enjoys people, likes to listen to and laugh with them. Theologically, Pastor Dave loves the Word of God (Reformed) and loves to tell the story of God's love. His preaching is conversational, humorous and down to earth. He does not give up on people because God did not give up on him. He likes to say the Good Lord loves him anyhow.
Pastor Dave serves alongside his wife Ann (our Christian Educator). His son David is married to Becky and their baby David Elijah is their first grandson. His daughter Christina was recently married to Greg, who loves God and loves her with God's love. Pastor Dave often says that our first ministry is our families. Ann and Dave's greatest joy is that their family loves God and knows the love of God.
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