Both natives of Eastern North Carolina, Dave and Katie have always enjoyed being on the water. Growing up on the Outer Banks, Dave has a thirst for adventure that led him to sailing at a young age. Just before Dave and Katie were married in 2011 Dave taught Katie to sail. Unknown to them their journey into sailing had begun together. They were introduced to Maritime Ministries through Dan and Kathy Smith who they knew through MACU. Going on a Short-Term-Mission trip with Maritime to Manteo, NC was a turning point for Dave and Katie. Aboard SV Praise the Lord they were deeply impacted by the staff’s commitment to prayer and boldness. This would help direct the next step for Dave and Katie in their service to Christ.
Wanting to serve God in an adventurous, unique way, Dave and Katie moved to Richmond, VA to start work with Maritime Ministries after graduation. There they were trained to use and take care of the boats. In September 2014 they moved with the ministry to Elizabeth City, NC to explore new opportunities through the partnership between Maritime and MACU. The roles they play are unique to their gifts. Dave is the Fleet Maintenance Manager, using his mechanical experience and problem solving skills to keep the boats afloat and in safe, working order. Katie is the Team Coordinator, using her interpersonal skills to foster team building and communication.