It was a great privilege to witness David Patrick Livie’s inauguration as an elder of Weltevreden Chapel on Sunday, 6 October 2013. He will also be taking on the duties of Associate Pastor. In the sermon he preached a few minutes later, he showed he fully understands the responsibility he has undertaken
Dave is no stranger to Weltevreden Chapel. He first came to the church when he was about 16, at the invite of a school friend, and was enveloped by the warm and playful camaraderie of the strong youth group. After accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour his hunger for spiritual growth saw no bounds. After matriculating at Trinity School in Weltevreden Park, he went on to gain his BA and Honours degrees in Theology at the International College of Bibles and Missions (ICBM) which is situated in the CBD of Roodepoort. By this time he and Bryan Forsyth were also the leaders of the youth group. Dave also ran the AWANA junior youth and was involved in other ministries, such as Paradigm Shift where Chapel members mentored the less-fortunate helping them to develop their own businesses.
It didn’t take him long to find his life partner. Michelle Livie is going to be his much needed support in his current ministry. She has already showed her mettle and willingness to follow Dave wherever God has led him, starting as the main administrator of Paradigm Shift.
Her commitment to Dave was demonstrated further when the young couple went to Texas for David to take on his Masters Degree in Theology, a four year course, which he completed in just under three years. Dallas Seminary is the very college that our current pastor couple, Dr Doug and Anne Forsyth studied at thirty years ago.
One of Dave’s special attributes is his ability to relate to people of all ages. He has a particular affinity with the youth, which is a blessing when we see how young people all over the world need Jesus in their lives.]
We look forward to exciting times ahead as Dave and Michelle become settled in their new roles and pray that God will continue to guide this humble couple as they seek His guidance for themselves and those they serve!
Welcome home, Dave and Michelle!
Thanks to Kathy Symonds, who provided the article and the photographs. her facebook page is here.