David gave his life to Christ during his childhood years in Redwood City, California. His salvation experience became a more consistent and meaningful life-change when he was in high school. He discovered his calling when he was doing theatrical roles in high school, college, university and graduate school as a theatre artist. The road was not always smooth, as many brothers and sisters in Christ could not understand his passion for acting. After receiving his degrees at Oral Roberts University, San Jose State University and extensive scholarly pursuits at the University of Missouri at Columbia, he became an Evangel University professor for thirty-three years in theatre until he retired in 2013 as Professor Emeritus.
Faith and learning have been coupled with his professional life as well as extensive traveling ministry in drama. David has performed his one-man characters for CityReach, conventions, chaplaincy services for the U. S. Army and many churches world-wide. He and his wife have developed dramatic vignettes with John the Revelator, Dialogue With the Apostle, The Apostle Paul, The Life of King David, El Shaddai (Abraham and Susan as Mary), The Christmas Shepherd and John the Baptist.
David is working with The City Reach Church as a Pastor of Community Care. Their son Andrew sings with the praise and worship group at CityReach.
Susan Smith was raised in a Christian home and committed her life to the Lord as a young child. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Oral Roberts University, where she sang with the World Action Singers on Oral’s nationally syndicated television programs. This is also where she was filled with the Holy Spirit. After graduation she and her husband traveled with Living Sound, International, a traveling musical missionary-evangelism ministry. Upon leaving Living Sound they served as Youth and Music ministers in Hayward, CA. They moved to Springfield, where Susan earned a Master’s degree in Education with music emphasis at MSU.
She has taught voice and related music classes at both CBC and Evangel since 1980 and is semi-retired from Evangel, where she continues to teach. The Smiths came to CityReach as a result of Hannah Alarid, Pastor John’s wife, who became Susan’s voice student. They visited the church the Sunday after it launched and caught the vision. She currently serves as the Women’s Ministries Pastor at CityReach.