Dave Larsen’s professional career includes youth ministry and the educational ministries of the church, Christian higher education student development work, development work in a suburban Christian school system and financial resource development for urban Christian schools in Chicago. Dave is the Director of the Bright Promise Fund for Urban Christian Education in Chicago, a foundation that enriches Chicago and its neighborhoods through schools of character, conviction and achievement by providing new and sustaining sources of revenue for affiliated Christian schools.
Dave has three married children and six grandchildren. A native Chicagoan, his hobbies and interests include the history and architecture of Chicago, calm kayaking on the Chicago River and area lakes, and writing and storytelling.
His faith development as a Christian was nurtured primarily in the teachings and neighborhood of the Reformed tradition, but he came to a deeper appreciation of the Roman Catholic and Mennonite justice traditions through his graduate work. He is a member of the Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, Ill.
Dave earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the Loyola University of Chicago, his Master of Religious Education Degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and his B.A. in English from Calvin College.
In the late 90s Dave discovered the meaning of life, but forgot to write it down. He does agree with Frederick Buechner that "the place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet."