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Dave Mathis

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Pastor Dave and Dottie came to Living Hope in 2007 after being teachers in Union City, Michigan for 30 years. They, were married in 1965 and have three married sons (Mark, Chris and Pete) and three grandchildren (Conner Kendall and Parker).

 Pastor Dave's walk with the Lord began when he was eight years old and  was stricken with polio. In the hospital for nine months he promised the Lord he would serve him in the ministry, if he let him live. The disease gradually left him unable to move, breathe and in an iron lung (pictured). After seven days he died. On the way to the hospital morgue, the Lord woke him up. 

Throughout his life, Dave has remembered his promise but other things always got in the way. For Dave it was the army, other jobs and teaching. As life moved on it looked like the promise would never be fulfilled. But, God's timing is not ours. 

 In the late 90's he was attending Cornerstone Free Methodist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan where he met Pastor Eric Perry. On a Wednesday night the Lord used him to show Pastor Dave how he could serve the Lord in the ministry after he retired from teaching. Dave felt the Lord's spirit and began his walk by working on his Elder's degree. While taking classes he was appointed as an associate pastor at the Battle Creek church , served as the head pastor of a struggling church in Climax, Michigan and was an assistant at Albion Free Methodist Church.

Pastor Dave's life is a miracle and the miracle continues as Living Hope grows. God is good. All the time.


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