Reverend Dr. David Desforge leads a ministry to international graduate students and scholars connected to the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Lab. He and his team provide friendship and faith building opportunities to these future leaders of the world. David is an ordained pastor with the Presbyterian Church in America and serves with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship (an interdenominational mission). The vast majority of young adults attending his Bible studies and spiritual discussions identify themselves as atheist or agnostic. David thrives on watching them grapple with and grow in their appreciation for theism and the Gospel.
After first majoring in accounting and later working for a large CPA firm as an auditor, David returned to college to earn a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies (philosophy, history and theology). He then studied at Westminster Theological Seminary and earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees.
Upon graduation, David served with various counseling centers and churches. In the early 1990’s, he became fascinated with starting new churches and spent 25 years forming numerous thriving ministries and training young pastors to do the same. He was also a key player in the formation of a classical Christian school and a center for the arts.
Interest in other cultures and countries has been a theme throughout David’s ministry career. He served as a speaker/mentor with Mission To The World and World Harvest Mission for many years, leading seminars in Europe, Mexico, Africa and Asia. He has also been a popular speaker for retreats and conferences in the U.S. and has a wide following for his sermons ( https://soundcloud.com/Desforge/albums ) and blogs. He most recently wrote Learning To Love Like Jesus, a provocative Bible study for international scholars.
David and Maggie have enjoyed their involvement with social service organizations such as hospice, Stephen’s Ministry, urban community development, Habitat for Humanity and others. Now residing in East Tennessee, they have wonderful mountain getaways with one daughter living in the Smokies and another residing in Oviedo, Spain. As a couple, they like hiking, biking, movies, art, music and a hearty round of table tennis.