David Brett

  • Summerfield FL
  • djb@davidbrett.im
David Brett

Pastor, Teacher, & Chaplain

Summary

To be part of a ministry setting that is transformative, relevant, relational, and effective in reaching others with the grace of Christ. To be connected to a church that knows what it means to trade brokenness for wholeness, hurt for healing, and grief for grace. 

About Me

I am passionate about sharing life with others on the spiritual journey of faith. It is my desire to help people emerge into ministry,  pursue their spiritual gifts, and experience spiritual transformation. I specialize in spiritually mentoring people and critically engaging the issues facing  the church as it responds to the current postmodern social/cultural milieu. I have strong gifts in pastoral theology, pastoral care and counseling with special attention to spiritual direction.

Work History

Work History
2012 - Present

Purpose Pastor

Village View Community, Summerfield, Florida

Briefly at Village View Community Church I am responsible for seeing the integration and retention of visitors and members to the church. Presently the church attracts over 2,000 people. I enjoy speaking in a wide variety of settings including but not limited to Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings, and in small groups. I provide leadership for all pastoral care ministers as well as implementing strategies for growth, administration, and operations of those ministries. One of the ways that I accomplish these goals is though developing and implementing an infrastructure Pastoral care ministries to ensure meaningful hospital visitation and follow-up spiritual guidance. Additionally I connect parish nurses with patients who need in home assistance and continued care. Additional pastoral care and counseling duties include the opportunity to implement teams and provide leadership for the Alpha Marriage Course, oversee the food pantry and Clothing Connection, as well as other distribution of resources like the Benevolence Outreach to those in need. I relish the moments where I am able to provide pastoral care and counseling via appointment and through the ad-hoc encounters of seeing parishioners out in the community. Thanks to the churches location and facilities, I frequently officiate weddings and funerals. Finally I facilitate ministry for grieving families and provide one-on-one spiritual guidance as well as working closely with Celebrate Recovery and providing support for the Prison Ministry and other outreach opportunities. 

2003 - 2012

Senior Pastor

Christ Community Church, Beaumont, Texas

At Christ Community Church I was responsible for providing leadership, support and direction to all areas of the church, which I accomplished through a strong commitment to maintain vision, mission and purpose of church. I was responsible for the teaching, care, and development of the church. In the performance of my pastoral duties I planned and spoke at all worship services for Sunday and Wednesday,  lead Bible studies, visit, provide follow-up with pastoral care and counseling. I managed and directed a staff that was comprised of both paid and volunteer members and helped them establish and achieve organizational goals. I cultivated the formation of over a dozen 12-step groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, which meet weekly. Through my leadership the church had a serious commitment to ministry excellence which was exhibited in the churches dynamic services, ministry, music, special events, dramas, and weekly teachings. Christ Community Church developed strong local community partnerships though civic center events, food to the hungry, local festivals, and partnership with a local children's ministry which served underprivileged communities. 

2007 - 2012

Chaplain

Compassion Hospice, Beaumont, Texas

At Compassion Hospice, I provided a complete spiritual assessment for patients admitted to Hospice care within four days of receiving referral from admitting RN Case Manager. I worked directly with staff, clergy and community groups to enhance their sensitivity to the spiritual concerns of patients/families experiencing terminal illness or loss. Additionally I participated in patient care conferences by exploring and assessing the spiritual needs of patients/families.

1996 - 2002

Pastor

Hope Community Church, Oviedo, Florida

I was responsible for leading the church from a church plant to an established church body, where I led and planned worship services, Bible studies, and special events. I oversaw the purchase property and developed plans to build. During my time the church moved from temporary location to permanent location by remodeling residential home into offices. Doing pastoral care and counseling in such a dynamic church community afforded me the chance to work with excellent psychologists, psychoanalysts, and counselors. 

1998 - 2002

Adjunct Instructor

Warner University, Lake Wales, Florida

I taught an introduction Bible class and one online Bible class to adult learners in the Organizational Management program both online and at the Orlando Extension Campus.

1992 - 1996

Senior Pastor

Lord of Life Fellowship Church, Winter Springs, Florida

During my time at Lord of Life the the church from Lutheran-charismatic to a community based church.I  not only implemented Home Care Groups, Youth Group, and contemporary Sunday morning worship; but also developed a strategic outreach program of special outreach services and life-style evangelism classes. My duties and responsibilities here were similar to those listed at other churches.

1985 - 1992

Executive Pastor

Christian Heritage Church, Tallahassee, FL

I oversaw an office staff of twelve paid staff members and over one hundred volunteers. I directed couples ministry, Sunday School and the college level Bible Institute. In addition I was responsible for hospital visitation, custodial staff, home fellowship groups, New Believer Classes, and mixed media promotional literature. I spoke every Sunday evening and approximately once a month.

1984 - 1985

Instructor

Lee University

I taught Christian Thought and History of the Church for Lee University at their satellite campus in Athens, TN,

Jan 1979 - Jan 1985

Shop Forman

Display Fixture, Cleveland, TN

I paid my way through college working full time as the Shop Foreman  in charge of all phases of building and shipping point of purchase display cabinets. I helped with start up of company, then staffing, training and breaking the million dollar sales figure in 1982.

Jan 1976 - Jan 1980

Founder and President

David Brett Builders, Naples, FL

I directed all phases of building and residential home construction. 

Education

Education
1982 - 1985

M.Div

Church of God School of Theology at Lee University
  • Graduated - Summa Cum Laude.
  • Awards in Seminary: Academic Excellence (1983-1984), Leadership Award (1985)
  • Senior Theological Paper (Thesis): Tough Faith: My Search of Honest Durable Christianity.
1979 - 1982

B.A.

Lee University
  • BA, Biblical Education with minor in New Testament Greek.
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Skills

Skills

Pastoral Theology

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Chaplaincy

Teaching

Both in Higher Education and congregational settings

Outreach Ministries

i.e. 12-Step GroupsCelebrate Recovery, Prison Ministry, and Food Pantries

Certifications

Certifications
1985 - 2015

Ordained to Word and Sacrament

Currently my credentials are held by the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana denomination.