David Spring '95 - 2010 Young Alum Award Recipient
David Spring’95, receives the Distinguished Young Alum Award for his work of shining the light in many dim places.
David was born in 1969 in Port Huron, MI. His first home at Asbury was in 1972 at 101 N. Lexington Ave. in Wilmore with his parents Gerald G. Spring ’76 and Bonnie Shover Spring ’78. At the age of 10, David felt he was destined to be a missionary, largely due to early influences from missionaries visiting his father’s church from Africa, New Guinea, South America, and the Caribbean. He knew that loving people and serving God was the life he wanted to live.
David’s path didn’t bring him straight to Asbury. In fact, when he transferred to Asbury in 1993 he had already completed two years at Southern Wesleyan University; been a dive master in the Florida Keys; worked in the music industry in Nashville, TN; and experienced Youth With A Mission in Jamaica where he met his wife, Kristy Hendley, a recording artist with several No. 1 songs on the charts.
David and Kristy ventured to Asbury for David to pursue a counseling degree, but he says he was running from his calling to ministry. “My desire to go into counseling was a compromise I was making with God,” Spring said, “I loved Him, I just did not want to go into full-time vocational ministry.”
That calling finally caught up with David during a chapel service in Hughes Auditorium. After the birth of their daughter, Tyler Elizabeth, David graduated with a double major in psychology and Bible. Fourteen years of church ministry followed beginning with Christ Church as a youth pastor in Nashville, TN, then heading south to the beautiful “Down Under” of Australia and New Zealand. While living in Australia and New Zealand, David and Kristy helped plant churches and leadership institutes. They also traveled throughout Australasia training worship leaders, church staff, and pastors. In all David has traveled to 23 countries on four continents.
The family returned to Nashville in 2005 and felt the need to engage culture more effectively. David and Kristy began pastoring Church @ The Globe in urban Nashville, TN to reach the creative community celebrating the arts and artists. This church grew with a congregation of writers, musicians, models, actors and actresses, painters and sculptors.
In 2009, after serving on the boards of Ichthus and The Doorpost Film Project, David felt God leading him to impact art and culture on a full-time basis. While still overseeing a church plant in East Nashville called “the Edge,” he took a position as the President of The Doorpost. The Doorpost Film Project exists to “find, fund, mentor, and release the next generation of filmmakers.” David wants to spend the rest of his life helping cultural creatives find their “voice.”