Dave Darling has been the Associate Pastor at Blessed Hope Baptist Church since February 2014, prior to that he served as Treasurer and Deacon since 1998. Dave was born in rural Minnesota in 1961, growing up in the country until 12 years of age where he moved to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and lived there until he married his wife, Judy in 1983. Their 1st child was born in 1986 and in the fall of 1987 the Lord began working in their lives. Dave heard his 1st clear presentation of the gospel on January 17th, 1988 under the preaching of Pastor Kyle Stephens. A couple of nights later he knelt beside his bed and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour. Dave and Judy began attending Church faithfully and in March of 1988 Judy was also saved. In the following years the Lord blessed them with 5 more children. By the grace of God, all their children are serving the Lord and are active in the ministries of a local Church. He has also taught and preached in several prisons, juvenile detention centers, nursing homes and on the streets of the Twin Cities. In addition to the ministry work he also owns a remodeling company which was started in 2002 after being laid off as a Project Manager for IBM.
Since shortly after his salvation Dave has had a burden for missions and has been on over 25 mission trips, 19 of them to Eastern Europe and others to Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Canada and several to Mexico to assist in Scripture distribution campaigns (like the Campaigns for Christ Ministries) and conduct evangelistic services. After seeing the great success of the Couriers for Christ campaigns in Eastern Europe his heart was burdened to start the Campaigns for Christ ministry modeled after the Eastern European campaigns to reach Latin American countries. The first Campaigns for Christ campaign was held in April of 2019 with over 400 people in attendance.