About me

EFL sail logoEquipped for Life
is a blog designed to offer observations on life from a biblical perspective. Through my own articles and posts from others, I hope to provide helpful thoughts to those who desire more of Christ!  If you benefit from what you find here, please pass it on to others and share the link with as many as you would like.  Also, I would love to receive comments and thoughts from you about what I include and suggestions about other things you might like to see.  The overall purpose of the site is captured by the name I have given it–to equip and encourage followers of Jesus Christ for a life that grows to maturity and conforms to His image.

In addition to that noble purpose, this blog will also provide an outlet for my own photography which currently remains hidden away on my computer.  This outlet will give me a way to publish my favorite shots–even if they are viewed by a small number, that is more than they are now!  Hope you enjoy them!  As a fun aside, I will also be putting videos up which are intended to inspire, amuse or encourage since I am always finding things on YouTube I want share with others!

Education:  Wake Forest University, BA, 1974; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M. Div. 1977;  Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, PhD, 2018.

Books Published:  Firmly Rooted, Faithfully Growing, 2003; Dad’s Words of Wisdom, 2004; A Practical Guide for Life and Ministry, 2008; When Missions Shapes the Mission, 2011; contributed to devotional book, Directions:  Daily Devotions for Your Journey, 2002.

Bio Info:  My name is David Horner.  Until the end of 2015, I pastored Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC.  With twelve other couples we started the church in 1978 and served there as pastor for thirty-seven plus years.  I grew up in Graham, NC, graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC (1974), then on to prepare for pastoral ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in S. Hamilton, Massachusetts (1977).  Most recently, I completed a PhD at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2018). In 2016, I began a new ministry called Equipped for Life.  My wife Cathy and I married in 1973 and have three wonderful sons married to three amazing daughters-in-law and have five awesome grandchildren.

Here are some photos of our family…

Version 2
Christmas 2015
Version 2
Summer 2017
Grandkids Summer 2018

(Click on a picture to enlarge.)

24 thoughts on “About me

    Debbie Sprouse said:
    May 12, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    My husband and I are looking for a church that we both like. We visited Calvary a few weeks ago and today Center Grove. It was a great surprise to hear you again today. We would definitely go to your church if you still had one. We both enjoyed the two Sundays with you!

      davidhhorner responded:
      May 16, 2019 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much Debbie! I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. Both Calvary and Center Grove have great people and great ministries…I love them both! Let me know if I can help as you continue your search for the right place!

    David Phelps said:
    February 3, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Pastor Horner,
    We are so excited to have you as our interim pastor here at Calvary Baptist in Winston-Salem! We look forward to meeting you and serving Christ beside you.
    David Phelps

    Brenda Leggett said:
    March 5, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Do you know how I can connect with Roberta Gardner from early days at Providence?

      davidhhorner responded:
      March 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      Hi Brenda, thanks for asking about Roberta. I have not heard from them in over 25 years! At one point they lived in the Memphis area but that was a very long time ago. Their son David teaches at Westminster in Philadelphia but I’m not sure how to reach him. Sorry about that! She and John were great friends and I hated to lose track once they left this area. Hope you are well! David

    Rick Thomas said:
    October 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Hello Pastor David,

    I just finished reading “A Practical Guide for Life and Ministry.” I wish I had found it, or something like it, 20 years ago. The observations and lessons you wrote about are life-changing for me. Thank you for writing it!

      davidhhorner responded:
      October 17, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Rick, you sure know how to encourage a guy! Thanks so much for your note…I am so glad to hear that God used it to stir some things up in someone besides me! Look forward to hearing from you again sometime.

    mikemeshaw said:
    October 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Pastor David,
    I am sending you my contact info. I would like to invite you to preach at our church… Grace Church in Greenville, NC. I have met you a number of times over the years. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you and God bless you!

      davidhhorner responded:
      October 17, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Hi Mike, thanks so much!! I have sent you a note on your blog with contact info so we can connect more easily. Look forward to hearing from you!

    Denny Spitters said:
    August 24, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Hi David,

    I finally tracked you down! I lead the Church Partnerships Team at Pioneers a mission agency that sends missionaries to unreached peoples. I want to thank you for the book When Missions Shapes the Mission. We buy and use your book regularly and it is a blessing to have a book written from a pastor that focuses on mission so very well. I have something I would like to write or speak (your preference) to you about in the area of missions. Can we get in touch by email or phone some how? Thanks again for your book. Blessings on your new endeavor!

      davidhhorner responded:
      September 8, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Hi Denny,

      I just got your note! Sorry about that!

      Let’s touch base by email and then I can get you my phone info. Look forward to hearing from you! dhorner@nc.rr.com

      David Horner

      davidhhorner responded:
      October 17, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Denny, I really appreciate your encouraging and thoughtful comments. I would love to connect via phone or email…obviously I am not doing so well via my blog! Let’s start with email…dhorner@nc.rr.com and then once we have connected we can work from there. Thanks so much!

    Phil Miglioratti said:
    May 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Good stuff here Dave … Friendly invitation to consider adding your relevant posts on Pray.Network and Discipleship.Network … About 9k members, all posts public, posting profile quick & EZ…
    Network curator/Illinois Baptist Prayer Consultant

      davidhhorner responded:
      May 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Phil! Really appreciate the encouragement. Maybe I will have more in the near future. Thanks for your work!

    Shaun J Adams said:
    April 24, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Dave what is your mailing and email address? Shaun

      davidhhorner responded:
      April 24, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Hi Shaun! I’ve sent that info to you via FB message to make sure you get it immediately. Thanks for checking out the blog site. David

    Linda Allgood said:
    November 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you, Pastor David, for your thought-filled response! The blessing is mine in knowing her and surely I’d like her take Christ back to China, and on to heaven, with her!

    Come again & often to Westover! Blessings on your ministry, Linda

    Linda Allgood said:
    November 15, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Hi, Pastor David,
    Thank you again for coming to Westover this past Sunday, it was a blessing disguised as a challenge. God continues to work in mysterious ways cancelling your other trips so if you could be with us, it brings tears to my eyes as I speak it

    I’ve looked online at the Providence Baptist options as well as Summit and am having a hard time finding a church, like Westover, that is close to the Garner area of Raleigh and wonder if you can help me.

    There is a Chinese National young woman who is living in that area and teaching Chinese to American Elementary School students. She enjoys what she has experienced at Westover and is willing to go to church in that area, even though she’d know no one & though not a Christian.

    I wonder if you have some suggestions / recommendations for a church closer than the 28 miles that I have seen so far. She’s a great lady

    Thank you for giving this some consideration.
    Blessings, Linda

      davidhhorner responded:
      November 16, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Hi Linda,

      You are very kind to write such encouraging words! We were blessed to be at Westover and love Don, his family and the Westover people.

      I am sorry you have had difficulty finding a church like Westover near Garner. The fact is that Westover is a wonderfully unique place and few will be found like it anywhere!

      However, in Cary I have long known and loved the work at Colonial Baptist which is a large church like Westover, has a great Bible teaching pastor in Stephen Davey, and a warm congregation. I am not sure where in Garner your friend lives but Colonial may be a lot closer than Providence or Summit. There is also a “seeker style” church in Cary called Hope Community Church and one that has a more charismatic flavor (though not charismatic in doctrine or practice) over at Cleveland Community Church with Matt Fry as pastor. All three of these are large churches. All three have pastors who have been around for years and have proved to be faithful men. I hope this gets you started in a good direction! Thanks for caring about your friend…she is blessed to have someone like you caring for her! David

    jesusdefined said:
    October 16, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Do you meet with people concerning their ministry goals? If so, how do I get in touch with you. Blessings, Aimee

      davidhhorner responded:
      October 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Aimee, yes I do! Email me at dhorner.efl@gmail.com or even better, go to our website and fill out the form on the home page…whichever you find easier! Thanks, David

    Val Clark said:
    January 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I really like the family pictures. May God continue to bless all of you!

    Lorie Goins said:
    January 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Family is such a joy. I love the pictures of you and Cathy with your grandsons. I can see where each of them gets their eyes.

    Monty & Bridget Brown said:
    September 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Welcome to blog land Pastor Horner. We look forward to the wisdom you will share.

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