Who is this guy?

DEP-2013-Headshot-cropped-for-webI’m a child of God…. a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. These days, in semi-retirement, I’m free to follow my passion as a producer, writer, director, videographer, filmmaker, and editor.

I led the Communication Ministry of Richmond’s First Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia for 20 years before “retiring” in 2013. It was a wonderful two decades. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But now I’m free to use my time, deploy my talent, and exercise my gifts without the need to show up at the office every day… and attend staff meetings… and all the other stuff that goes with being on a payroll.

Now I’m doing some freelance work and volunteering with projects and organizations that match my calling and passion. My primary work is serving as President of Belltower Pictures, a non-profit company that produces, promotes and distributes high quality faith-themed films, television and web projects. Our vision is to entertain, inspire and educate, telling great stories that reveal spiritual truth.

I directed our first feature film, Shooting the Prodigal. It’s a comedy, a movie about a church making a movie about the prodigal son. Check out the website for more.

Over the years, I’ve served on four different church staffs. In each of those settings, I have led and implemented a communication strategy. I’ve designed ads, written and edited newsletters and magazines, set up websites, worked with local media outlets, set up pages on Facebook and other social media sites, produced podcasts and live webcasts, and produced hundreds of hours of video.

God has given me opportunities to ply my trade in many settings over the years. I’ve worked as a television news reporter and anchor, as production coordinator for the International Mission Board, and as a video producer/director and communication director in churches.

I’ve traveled and worked in 25 countries on five continents and throughout the United States. Among the variety of projects I’ve produced  and directed:

  • A feature film
  • Hour-long, award-winning Christmas music specials for broadcast
  • Capital fundraising videos for churches and other faith-based organizations
  • Short video features on missionaries serving around the world
  • Evangelistic movies
  • Music videos
  • Commercials and promotional videos for broadcast
  • And, of course, hundreds of hours of church worship services broadcast on local stations.

It has been a great ride so far… and it is far from finished. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for the second half of life.

2 thoughts on “Who is this guy?”

  1. Hi David…enjoying reading your blog/insights! Have many great memories of VA and trust all is well with you and your family. If you are ever out our way ( San Francisco area), please give us a call. By the way our Aaron and his young family now live in Manassas Park (too far away for very many “Grammy” visits!). Blessings to all…Janet Prescott

  2. Good to hear from you, Janet. All is well on this coast. We still miss you, Glenn, Aaron & Megan.

    We’re setting one of the scenes of the Prodigal Project in Frisco. Perhaps we could call on you for some logistical help when we’re shooting there? I’m sure you can fit another 20-30 people into your house for a couple of weeks, can’t you. 🙂

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