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.  Currently in PhD studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, anticipating graduation in 2017.

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, went for undergraduate studies to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, then on to prepare for pastoral ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in S. Hamilton, Massachusetts.  Most recently, in 2015 I began the pursuit of a PhD at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and in 2016 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 five awesome grandchildren.

Here are some photos of our family…

Version 2
Christmas 2015

(Click on a picture to enlarge.)


8 thoughts on “About me

    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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