David hails from the great state of Alabama, where he attended the University of Alabama (a fact we’re sure all of Simpsonwood’s UGA fans will kindly overlook.) David has been a member of the North Georgia Conference since 2001 after spending a year as the Residency Program Probationer for the Methodist Church of Great Britain in the UK.
Outside of ministry, David has a passion for hiking, especially pilgrimage. He completed pilgrimage to Israel/ Palestine in 2009 and Santiago de Compostela in 2019.
David is married to his Co-Pastor, Susan Allen Grady. They share the unique distinction of being one of the few couples to Co-pastor in the North Georgia Conference. They will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2021. Together they look forward to the exciting adventure of ministering at Simpsonwood UMC and seeing how their tradition of Family Fridays evolves as their daughter Joy turns 13.
BS Ed in Music Education – The University of Alabama
Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Local Church Work / Appointments:
2000-2001 Scottsboro First UMC in Scottsboro, AL
2001-2005 Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta, GA
2005-2007 Pastor at St. Luke UMC in Mableton, GA
2007-2011 Pastor at Avondale-Pattillo UMC in Avondale Estates, GA
2011-2016 Pastor at Druid Hills UMC (now Neighborhood UMC) in Atlanta, GA
2016-2019 Director of Church Relations at Wellroot Family Services (The United Methodist Children’s Home)
2019-2021 Associate Pastor at Northbrook UMC in Roswell, GA
Other Leadership Roles:
Associate Secretary for the Annual Conference (current)
Annual Conference Worship Coordinator (2016-2018; Together with Susan Allen Grady)
Emory Annual Giving Campaign Board
Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation – Board of Directors
Intown Collaborative Ministries – Board of Directors, HR Committee Chair
Member of The North Georgia Conference Delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conferences:
2020 Alternate to Jurisdictional Conference
2016 Alternate to General Conference; Delegate to Jurisdictional Conference
2012 Alternate to General Conference; Delegate to Jurisdictional Conference
Candler School of Theology, Adjunct Instructor