Hi! My name is David Ingalls (I prefer Dave), and I am so excited to be the next pastor of St. Georges UMC. This area is my home! I grew up in North Wilmington (Claymont to be exact), so the area around St. Georges was my stomping grounds as a kid. I love this area. St. Georges is centered perfectly. Right on the beautiful Delaware canal, with its small town feel, but everything within easy driving distance. The mountains to the north, the beach to the south and, the cities of Philly, New York and D.C. so close, why would you want to live anywhere else?
I felt my call to ministry early in life and went to Messiah College to receive a degree in Theology. I switched my major to Christian Ministries in my sophomore year and graduated with a dual concentration in youth and pastoral ministries. Along the way, I also dabbled deeper thinking and minored in Philosophy. After school, I traveled the east coast a bit, hopping from church to church until landing back home in Wilmington. Right now I live in Boothwyn, Pa with my wonderful (and super supportive of a ministerial lifestyle) wife, Megan, my son, Benjamin, and our dog, Ginger. We’ll be moving to the area as soon as we can sell our house!
After putting it on hold for years, I decided to attend seminary. I graduated from Palmer Theological Seminary in May of 2014, and am well on my way to becoming an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. I love doing the work of God, meeting new people, and getting dirty in ministry together. We are built for community, and the Church is the most sacred place to meet, grow in our knowledge of God, and go out ready to spread the good news of the gospel.
Outside of church I love to work with my hands. I’m a total car guy and find a ton of joy working on my cars in the garage. The hobby has been a wonderful escape during my ministry years. I am also a member of car club based in South Jersey. We meet often to wrench on each other’s car or go to the drag strip. They are a great group of knuckleheads. For me, there is no better end to a day than being greasy, tired and feeling accomplished.
I look forward to growing, fellowshipping and reaching out with you. It is sure to be an amazing experience for all of us. There is work to be done Church! Let’s get moving!
Notes from the pastor:
September is here again! That means schools have started, vacations are done, and people are starting to find the rhythms of the school year. More than any time of year, the beginning of September seems more like a new year. It is often the same for the church. I wanted to take a few moments … [Read more…]
A few months ago I wrote a newsletter article about using the right bait when fishing (Good Fisherman Use the Right Bait). Of course, I wasn’t talking about fishing but instead talking about how the church can fulfill its Christ-given mission to make disciples for the transformation of the world. I suggested that if we wanted … [Read more…]
Over the summer, we will be exploring different relationships that we need in our lives to live to our fullest God-given potential. Without these relationships, we become only a fraction of what God created us to be. However, many of these relationships are demanding. Some can be downright painful. Others, however, like the true friendship … [Read more…]
Last Sunday, we talked about who we all needed a Nathan. In the bible story of Nathan and David, Nathan was David’s editor. David had strayed from his calling as God’s anointed and had Uriah killed to take Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, as his own. Nathan, a trusted advisor, was welcome in David’s life, but this … [Read more…]
What is the church is capable of when it claims the doctrine, spirit, and discipline that first started the Methodist movement, claims the power of the Spirit and the heart of Christ to go into the world at all costs to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for them.
Have you ever wondered why the church matters? Why this ragtag group of broken people who many call hypocritical and conflict-ridden, has managed to meet and gathered across a span of nearly 2000 years and has reached across the globe? Why would the church, as sometimes broken as it seems, matters so much to Jesus … [Read more…]
Jesus’ death on the cross tore the temple curtain into two pieces, the resurrection flung the curtain wide open in order to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to any and all people. The resurrection prevents us from being able to put that good news, and the one whom it is about, back into a box to be controlled.
There was a man named Tom, who didn’t know a whole lot about fishing. He knew the basic idea and even had gone once or twice, but in general he had no idea what he was doing. His friend, Bob, who went fishing all the time, invited him along to go out into the sea … [Read more…]
This month I had the honor and privilege of being ordained by our bishop. This is a goal that I have been working toward since 2007. After a year of exploring what God’s call for me might be and learning how to share that call, three years in seminary in Nashville, and three years serving … [Read more…]
When I read a good book I want to pass on what I have read when I believe it has the power to impact someone else’s life. Sometimes I pass this along through sermons, Sunday school books, and conversations. However, sometimes I come across a good book that I don’t know how to pass on. … [Read more…]