David Glover was one of the first people I had the pleasure to meet in disability ministry. His organization, Zachariah’s Way, and Key Ministry were formed within a year of one another, and I’ve enjoyed meeting up with David at conferences from time to time and monitoring the growth of his ministry. David will be serving as a speaker for Inclusion Fusion, and will be sharing on his most recent ministry endeavor, The P.U.R.E. Ministry Project – What, Why, Where, and When.
The P.U.R.E. Ministry Project was begun in 2009 by Zachariah’s Way as its major ministry focus. Its goal: to make Christians more aware of and to help them reach out, both individually and corporately as the church, to people with disabilities and their families. It is nationwide in scope and through various awareness raising, educational and inspirational forums and methods has been greatly blessed by God.
The purpose of The P.U.R.E. Ministry Project is to call, for the first time, Christians to better minister to people with disabilities and their families. The “call” is being accomplished through a nationwide campaign which will challenge, encourage, promote, and enhance disabilities ministries in churches in North America.
The P.U.R.E. Ministry Project is a movement aimed at local churches to reach the “other 99%” of Christians unaware of (and uninvolved in!) the needs and great blessings of special needs people and their families. As a part of this movement, a new more, accurate, and scriptural word is being introduced to better describe a person with disabilities. The word, “P.U.R.E.”, is gaining great acceptance by Christians across America:
Perfectly created by a loving, sovereign God, designed for His purposes.
Unique in his or her own gifts, blessings, talents, and desires.
Receptive and responsive to our communication, touch and acts of love.
Eternal – There are no disabled souls.
David’s seminar will address the why, what, where, and when of The P.U.R.E. Ministry Project as it relates to you, your church, and your community and how you can become involved!
David serves as President and Founder of Zachariah’s Way. He is married to Lee, Resource Director of Zachariah’s Way, and they reside in Gainesville, Georgia. David and his family founded Zachariah’s Way in 2003 upon the death of his 4 ½ year old grandson, Zachariah, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, severe visual impairment, and a seizure disorder. They are the parents of Katie, Gabe (deceased), and Anna Lee, and grandparents of Zachariah, Hunter, Ben, Madison, Landon, Josiah, Anna Gracelyn, and River.
In conjunction with his role at Zachariah’s Way, David serves as National Consultant for Disabilities Ministries for the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. David and Lee are active members of Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Gainesville. David was ordained as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 2008 by Blackshear Place Baptist Church.
David has formerly been instrumental in the founding and development of several technology companies. As Senior Vice President at Stockholder Systems, Inc. (SSI), he played major roles that led to its success and subsequent acquisition by CheckFree Corporation (most recently, Fiserv). In 1985, David co-founded and was Chief Operating Officer of First Bankcard Systems, Inc. (FBS Software), in affiliation with First Atlanta National Bank (now Wachovia), to provide credit card software solutions to banks and third party processors both nationally and internationally. Equifax acquired FBS in 1994 and was a major component in the Equifax spin-off and creation of Certegy (most recently, Fidelity National Services). David has also co-founded and served as President and CEO of ITManna, Inc. an Atlanta based consulting firm.
David serves (or has served) on the boards of directors of: ITManna; Southwest Christian Care (a hospice care facility and a medically fragile children’s respite center); Fellowship of Developmental Disabilities (a national association of disabilities ministries, homes, and organizations); and, Happy Acres Mission (a missionary support organization).
In addition to founding Zachariah’s Way, David has founded and grown three successful business ventures and has held leadership and management positions in church, business, civic and other concerns. He has been dedicated in his work in disability ministry for the last 10 years. David holds a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
We’re looking forward to having someone as accomplished as David share his ministry ideas and passions as part of Inclusion Fusion.
David, along with more than twenty leaders in children’s ministry and disability ministry are coming together on November 3rd-5th to put on a FREE Special Needs Ministry Web Summit to connect church staff, volunteers, family members and caregivers everywhere. That’s Inclusion Fusion, Key Ministry’s First Annual Special Needs Ministry Web Summit, featuring Keynote Speaker Chuck Swindoll. Register here for the Summit!