The Rev. David Brower will be serving us as our interim rector during our search for a rector. David began his life’s journey running through the plains and forests of the Belgium Congo. His exposure to the exquisite cultural heritage of the Mbunn people amidst a pristine creation unspoiled by Western exploitation left him with an insatiable desire to explore the infinite wonders of the natural world and experience the rich diversity of human cultures.
His upbringing as a Baptist missionary kid blessed him with an abiding love for the stories of the Bible and a deep commitment to serve humanity. An added blessing of his missionary heritage was romancing another missionary kid (his wife Clara) when they were students at the Grand Rapids Bible College (now Cornerstone University). Together, they traversed the sometimes rocky, often joyful and always challenging path that led them out of the Baptist fold into the inclusive embrace of the Episcopal Church.
David began his professional career as a high school social science teacher. Later, after several vocational twists and turns, he began a three year period as a graduate student in anthropology at Michigan State University. Finally, the call to ordained ministry, which he first heard as a child, caught up with him, and he began his seminary formation at the Episcopal Divinity School (at the time in Cambridge, Massachusetts) in his mid thirties in 1976.
For many years, David has served urban and suburban churches in the Detroit area in the Diocese of Michigan and was prominently active in many phases of Diocesan life. More recently, he served a cluster of three churches in Ohio and then a Church near Buffalo, New York before retiring to a home near his birth place in Zeeland, Michigan. He thoroughly loves his involvement in Interim Ministry in which he has served six churches in the Diocese since his return to Michigan.