- 61 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 19, 1951
- Date of passing: May 3, 2013
|Let the memory of David be with us forever|
"I pray for the Ginter family, may God grant them their heart's desires, although they went through a terrible and sad situation, I'd like to mention that passage written in the Bible:
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose".
I know that Dave is gone, but his legacy still remains. I don't know what is to feel that pain, but I'm sure God will work all things for good, albeit sometimes things are painful and nonsense."
"Happy Birthday Dave, so often think of you and the ministry you had here at Union Church. We knew you loved and cared for us. Your God given gift of relating the Word to what was happening in our lives made scripture come alive and real in a way I had not experienced before. Thankful our paths crossed, will always miss you."
"Remembering our very dear Pastor Dave on his birth anniversary. He was truly God's bright and special light to my life and the lives of many others. He will always be forever missed. Pastor Dave, I can just see you smiling down at all of us here, a smile that is forever engraved in my memory along with your hearty, warm laughter. We all love you!"
"Thank you so much for sharing those simple but powerful words with me. Till this day when I struggle I remember those, they give me motivation, courage, wisdom and confidence. Thank you so much for being a source of knowledge and kindness, I'll never forget that."
"In honor of Dave, I want to share one thing about him that really stands out as I think of the time we shared together. I remember his wit and banter. He had a quick response for everything. He was always playful and joking. He couldn't really ever accept a compliment. He'd always turn it into a joke and side step it. Probably helped keep him humble. But when there was a moment when someone in his "flock" was hurting, with impeccable timing, he would always step in with just the right words to offer to bring clarity, love, comfort, correction. I'll always remember when my husband, Aaron, lost his job in Guate and we almost had to move back to the US prematurely, but then found a job last minute - Pastor Dave was so genuinely joyful at the news - it was moments like that when the banter and joking came down and we knew how deeply he cared for us. Another moment like that was when, upon returning from Egypt back to his home in Guate, Aaron broke some souvenir that Dave had brought back from Egypt. Aaron felt terrible. We were about to leave the country and it was one of the last times we expected to see Dave before we moved away. But before Aaron could begin to beat himself up about the clumsy mistake, Dave looked right in his eyes and told him, "Hey, don't worry about that at all. You are so much more important than that souvenir." It was that juxtaposition of silly banter that kept things light and playful 90% of the time with occasional moments of profound connection that showed the depth of love he had for those of us he pastored that really stands out to me about Dave's personality and character.
We only spent under three years together from when he arrived in Guatemala to the time we returned to the States. But no person outside my family has had such a profound impact on my life, my faith, my calling (I'm a pastor now), or my family (my husband was Saved under Dave's guidance). Our son Elliot David bears his name to honor him. I so often wish I still could call on him as a mentor. It was such a gift that our paths crossed for those two short years. He was a beloved spiritual guide to my husband and me, helping us grow to love Jesus so deeply. There is no greater gift or legacy. And I thank the Lord for his life, lived faithfully before the God, for his glory."
"Thinking of Dave today. We loved our time together the two years we lived in Guatemala. His ministry and friendship added a lot to our lives, and I'm sure there are hundreds just like us who were touched by Dave and will always fondly remember him."
"Pastor Dave will truly be forever remembered and forever missed! He was a bright, shining candle in my life; and a clear picture of one in whom the Spirit of our Lord Jesus lives and reigns. Thank you dear God for his life, and for the special blessing of being touched by him in countless ways. You will always be forever in our hearts, Pastor Dave!"
"Remembering our very dear and precious Pastor Dave Ginter on his birth anniversary with great sadness that he is no longer with us physically. But nevertheless, continually grateful to our dear Lord for making our paths cross, and blessing us with the gift of experiencing Pastor Dave's amazing love and compassion for people. He is truly forever missed."
"Dave Ginter has always been a light in my life since the first time I heard him speak. He still shines brightly in my mind and heart. We love him so much, his light will ALWAYS shine. Although I miss him greatly, I KNOW FOR SURE he is in the presence of our Lord God. Thank you for having the privilege to meet him and share wonderful moments too."
"Miss my life time friend a lot... But as a Christian brother, we know that he wins. It's a fact. Jesus is our only hope, and no matter who we are, we win when we let him come in to our hearts... WE have to open the door. John 3:16"
"Remembering dear Pastor Dave on his death anniversary. His spirit is still so alive in my life...hard to believe he is away from us till we meet again in God's heavenly kingdom. Thank you Lord for how your so graciously brought Pastor Dave into our lives, and how we learned about being Your loving and committed servant from him. He will truly be forever missed."
"Tomorrow I preach on 'The Good Samaritan' at our church in Singapore. I remember Pastor Dave's sermon on that passage back at UCM. He added insights from his time in the Middle East which I have not forgotten. In particular noting that by stripping this man and beating him unconscious, that man had lost his identity. Different groups wore different clothes. So ... the parable cuts through our 'group affiliations'.
I also well remember acting with him in the Last Supper plays at Easter.
He was a man whose example I like to follow in several important ways."
"Remembering our very dear Pastor Dave on his birth anniversary today. Although he is physically apart from us, the fullness of life he lived in Christ continues to be a very real part of my own personal journey. Thank you Lord for sharing him with us those few years in Manila and after."
"Remembering our dear Pastor Dave on this day with much sadness at his passing. But thankful for his beautiful life which was so filled with the Spirit of God in countless ways! He will indeed be forever missed by us. Thanking our Lord for special memories of his time with us here, and life lessons learned from and through him."
"I preached yesterday on 1 Cor. 15, That if our hope in Christ was for this life only than we are most to be pitied. I couldn't help but think of pastor Dave the whole time I was preparing. First, I never would have gone into ministry had it not been for his influence. Second, I borrowed ideas from a sermon I heard him preach on that text years ago. - if they found Jesus' body would you still be a Christian? Pastor Dave said no. And I say no. But our hope is in Jesus' bodily resurrection and the bodily resurrection we wait for. Dave lived out this sermon in so many ways and I for one can't wait to see him again. With love and gratitude..."
"As we approach the anniversary of the day our dear Pastor Dave went home to be with the Lord, I recall with deep sadness his passing. And continue to be ever grateful to our God that our paths crossed during his life here on earth. Am so thankful for how God taught me about caring for others through his life. He will forever be missed but alive in our memories."
"David was my friend, no matter how much time passed seeing each other... Sometimes, my wife Jolene and I would get home, and there he would be setting on our porch... No warning, just there, because he knew it would ok. It was. I wish there was more sense made from his death, but we are trusting that God has already made sense of it."
"Remembering Pastor Dave Ginter at the start of this new year, and continuing to miss him...and all he was to our family. His example as a truly shining light for Jesus in this imperfect world is well imbedded in my memory. Thank you Lord for sharing him with us in his lifetime."
"I learned of Pastor Dave's passing at the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve at the Union Church of Guatemala. I was shocked, angered and very, very sad. How could this happen to such a special person with an equally special soul?
I am thankful for the way he touched my life, and the way he helped us through my brother's illness and passing.
When he preached I got totally immersed into his words, jokes and messages and for the first time, through him, felt a closeness to God, that I had not been able to feel in any church.
I was sad to see him leave Guatemala but I knew that wherever he would be, he would help someone else and I needed to let him go.
I would have loved to know him better but feel blessed that the short time that I did, he touched my life and made it better. I enjoyed having him and Sheryl over to my house for lunch. He blessed my home and my life.
I will miss you and will hold you in my hear forever.
My deepest sympathy to Sheryl and this children.
Rest in peace, Pastor Dave."
"It would be impossible to exaggerate the impact Pastor Dave had on my life and my husband's life. What better gift is there then to lead another into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ? I still think about Pastor Dave nearly every day. Every time I open the Bible I remember something he taught me. I so wish I could still ask for his wisdom and advice! <3"
"Janet Cothrell - Thank you for your post about praying for his murderers - I too pray that God use David's death to bring repentence and eternal life. What a perspective. Jesus said the greatest love a man has is when he gives his life for another. David did this."
"David Ginter was a Martyr. I ask everyone here to pray for his murderers as well, that they be made anew, and that his death reverberate in an unexpected way throughout the Moslem community. This is, in my humble opinion, the best tribute to a man like Dave, who spent his life working in the fields of The Lord."
"I am tearing up reading these tributes. When I was young I didn't have the perspective as now on the value of the moment/of loss (thinking there would be another moment later). One moment you know someone, they leave an imprint on your heart, you go grow up & time closes a door before you are ready. TEARS, . I'm so sorry for this loss...Until I see you again Mr.Ginter - thank you!"
"We remember our dear Pastor Dave on his birthday tomorrow, July 19. And thank our dear Lord for the gift of his life to his family, friends, and to the world. Pastor Dave, you will forever be a part of our lives. Thank you for how you showed us about living the life God calls one to live."
""I wandered in the Union Church of Guatemala, and when I listened to Dave Ginter, my spiritual relationship with GOD, changed forever!! I loved every word he said. He encouraged everyone to participate in fascinating discussion, (not sermons) He was a brilliant historian which encouraged everyone, because he always put God's word in the historical perspective which he mastered so well.LO"
"So sad to hear about this. I met you two years ago and you still displayed that passion and zeal for the Lord. Now you are with the King of Kings. My condolences to his family and friends...Will definitely be missed my friend!"
You were a wonderful person, a fantastic human being and a fine example of Christ to follow. You will never be forgotten. Heaven is rejoicing."
"The gentlest kindest most fatherly man I've yet to meet! Though I've not known him for long he had impacted me with the way his heart encompassed everybody within his stride. Nothing was too small & he'd lose no time in seeing to it. What a legacy you've left behind Ps Dave! Right now I can picture Him saying to him "Well done good & faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord""
"Pastor Dave was a true blessing to my husband and I.His sermons were amazing,one could apply easily to our day to daytribulations.His sense of humor was awsome,I feel honored that Pastor Dave was the one who presented our son in Union Church Guatemala, it was a lovely ceremony and I remember so well his statement "welcome to union church the youngest non voting member" always remembered!"
"Dave was so very present with our family during Dennis' terrible illness in 2002. He came almost every day. Loved working with him developing adult ed classes. He was sort of a Barnabas kind of guy, I thought. He encouraged many toward a deeper, more authentic relationship with the Lord. I'm so saddened that his life has been cut short so tragically."
"It was my high privilege to work with Dave on my staff at Union Church of Manila. Our friendship has grown over the years since then. I thank God for colleagues like Dave. He was committed to serve the Lord with his God-given gifts for as long as he had breath. May our Lord and Savior receive him now into His everlasting arms where no evil can touch him again."
"Dave Ginter, a high school classmate. So Caring! He reached out across the ocean many times to check in with me to see how my husband his friend from high school was doing with his health. He took the time to write a few words that meant so much to myself and my husband. I could tell he was a very special human being. I send prayers to his family for peace and comfort."
"I wandered in the Union Church of Guatemala, and when I listened to Dave Ginter, my spiritual relationship with GOD, changed forever!! I loved every word he said. He encouraged everyone to participate in fascinating discussion, (not sermons) He was a brilliant historian which encouraged everyone, because he always put God's word in the historical perspective which he mastered so well.LOL"
"March 2011, met him under GOD's plan in Faithful International Fellowship. He gave us series of sermons on Saturday, and I went to TBICKL several times if I missed any fellowship. He is a very nice and loving person. Thank GOD for created that memories to us, although just a short period but the knowledge he shared is amazing. - You will be missed, Pastor Dave."
"i met him at Unión church Guatemala, where he became Pastor. He was really something different. He noticed my problems, he said we pray about but we olso do something about them. He was a Pastor , a friend a great blessing. Always will live in my heart."
"We attended Bridge International for just a short while but always loved Pastor Dave's excellent, biblically grounded preaching. We will miss him for sure. Until we meet again in Heaven, Pastor. Much love. John & Georgina"
"I just heard and so deeply sad I have so many great memories conversations and love Dave. and I will miss him though I haven't seen in awhile ah he will live in my heart forever greatbig love to the family"
"Pastor Dave will always be remembered as a very jolly, down-to-earth, warm, affectionate, and spiritual person. He had a big heart for all people; and was a father, brother, friend, and mentor to everyone from little babies and toddlers to seniors. He loved God to the fullest and was committed to following God's call wherever that might lead him. - UCM Library Ministry"
"Will really forever miss Pastor Dave. He was such a real channel of God's love to me. He walked with me through very deep hurts and brought me closer to our Lord through these difficult periods. In all he did, it was so evident that he took his work as God's minister very seriously. His mentoring and care for me will always be in my heart. Thank you God for letting our paths cross."
"I first met Dave at Boulevard Park Pres, he was a man who truely loved the Lord and a true man of God. He taught me the importance of spending time in God's word. I will always have fond memories of the road trips and the retreats we were on. He was truely one of my mentors in my youth and for that I am truely blessed. Dave truely followed the calling of the great commision."
"We met eachother accidently, We became intimate friends...he is a person with lots of love and caring..he made changes in my taught, life and in my future too....still i remember his beautiful smile and funny talks..... The shininng light from his face and smile never fade away from our minds...... he will be with us allways ............. thank you my friend.... will remember u always...."
"P. Dave made such an impact on my life in such a short time. He will be greatly missed. His openness, nonjudgmental, optimism and hospitality were such a wonderful & unique combination. No question or doubt was too irreligious; he loved people where they were at and without ulterior motive. An exemplar teacher there are so many more things I would liked to have talked to him about."
"I knew David as an intern at Boulevard Park Presbyterian's "Way Inn" in Seattle. A funny, lively man who loved to sing.
God's peace to his family and joyful memories to his friends around the world."
"Thank you for setting up this remembrance site, because there is much to remember dear Pastor Dave for. What a blessing to many people's lives and we praise the Lord for all that he did in our midst on earth. He was a man of God, and for that we thank God."
"When a group of us were hurting, Pastor Dave offered his services as counsellor, preacher and friend and took on an extra burden to see us through a dark passage. We will always be grateful for that and for his warm friendship and encouragement. He was positive, humorous and focussed but above all, he was kind. Someone to look forward to seeing again in Heaven! Garry Prior"
"We are grateful to the Lord and the Ginters for their love and thanks to Pastor Dave for being such a great teacher and model to our beggining as a family. We will always rember him singing this song so passionated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8WK7-KTE3A&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Thank you Pastor Ginter!"
"Pastor Dave was such a down to earth person! you could talk to him about anything and everything, and he never judged, he would only counsel with love and truth. His sermons most impacted my life, every Sunday he pushed me out of my comfort zone, challenging me to live a Christ like life! And he lived such a life! Thank you Dave! I shall see you in heaven!"
"In less than a day of arriving in KL I met Dave. He was helping a new friend navigate a lost passport and credit cards. He went with her to all the offices she needed to. How giving! I have enjoyed his sermons, always hearing something from Scripture I'd missed in the passed. Now we all have something to miss- him. He is singing and dancing with Jesus."
"Dave has been my friend and role-model since the 80's. Over the years he helped me see the difference between empty religous practices and the life-giving teachings of Jesus, that there is a Creator-God who is truly good and loving. One reason I am a teacher today is to try to help teens like Dave helped me. God bless you Dave, we will see you again. To his family, a great big loving hug."
"I have learnt from Pastor Dave, he had a way of explaining even the most difficult questions you had, and some difficult passages of scripture. He was always a chat, phone call, or email away all the time and would attend to your need promptly. He was such a great shepherd and I am so grateful for all he did for TBIC during his time with us. He was a great friend, pastor and counsellor."
"Benefited so much from Dave's clear teaching. He really cared and showed it in ways big (one-on-one counseling) and small (replying quickly and lovingly to texts). Never forget how strongly he insisted on starting the services at Bridge on time - "Get up there behind those drums right now or else!" I am so blessed to have been pastored by Dave Ginter, a truly good and admirable man."
"The word Pastor doesnt begin to describe what he did for people. I will never forget the first time he showed me this verse of 1 John chapter 5: 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Enjoy eternal life Pastor Dave!!"
"Dave and Sheryl were such an integral part of my family's life that I was deeply saddened when they left Guatemala. Now I am saddened by Dave's passing but I know he is finally resting on God's shoulder. I will always treasure the lovely memories and I will strive to be an example like he was. I learned so much from Dave. I'll miss you."
"His sermons were animated it woke, funny, hits me in my heart, & stays with me to tide over to the coming weeks 'til it was his turn to give the message at worship service. His sermons were something you look forward to because they were full of truth, practical and were applicable to daily living. He was always open, ready to help, w/ warm smiles. You will be missed much Ptr Dave"
"Thank you pastor Ginter...."
Dave was my youth pastor in the 80's, he was a selfless man that poured out his life out for others. Dave would often go without what he needed to give us anything he could. He would give to others until he had nothing left, that's the kind of man he was.
When we would walk through our most difficult and painful times, Dave was there to lift us up."
"Pastor Dave was always there for my family. He supported us when my Dad got blinded in an accident. He also officiated both my brother's and my own wedding. I wish I could have spent more time with you Pastor Dave, I miss you and you will always be in our hearts. Thanks so much for everything."
"Dave has been one of the most influential persons in my life, he lead by example and followed Jesus in such real, honest way... he was fun to be around, and at the same time a challange... i love him! i always will, always thankful for his life and ministry...i got to see his passion for people and for truth..."
"God used Pastor Dave to touch me and my family. There have been many Sundays we would get back into our vehicle and say"wow haven't never heard that scripture put that way". We consider ourselves Blessed by knowing Pastor Dave for we believe he was a man of God as well as a light used by God to share His message. May God continue to Bless Pastor Dave and his wife and the church."
""I'll see you again in the sweet by and by my brother" -Sylvia"
"David Ginter changed and rocked my spiritual world. Having been confused all my life about my religious beliefs, he helped me understand and accept the fact the it was OK to "agree to be disagreeable" and that the most important thing was to have a relationship with GOD no matter which religion you chose to follow. This world will never be the same without him. He will be deeply missed."
"Dave Ginter picked me up hitch hiking when I was 19, took me to live with him in Egypt and led me to Christ at 20. He became my father, my mentor and my closest friend for 21 years. He faithfully walked with me in my life teaching me about Gods love and grace. He was the greatest man I ever met. He was a wonderful person, husband, father, pastor, and friend. I am thankful for you Dave!"
"Pastor Dave, from when I remember was a really kind, loving, caring and wonderful person. We met him in 2011 and in bridge church, the first church we attended. He welcomed us so warmly and I never saw his smile turn into anger.I mean he was a really positive person. He helped us when we needed him and Me 'n my family know him as a friend,Pastor 'n our Teacher. We love n miss you P.David."
"My wife and I lived in Guatemala from 2007 to 2009 and we felt so blessed and lucky to hear Pastor Dave speak each week at the Union Church. He always had a fire going for the Sunday evening service and made it an intimate and special time of the week to worship together. His Biblical knowledge was vast, and we always left service feeling enriched, uplifted, and closer to God."
"Pastor Dave we will miss you. Thank You for all the encouragement, friendship, care and love to my family. You make us closer to Our God. Thank you so much and we will never forget you..from arnel-roda-ace-aiyana-aidan..We Love You... p.s.next time we will share together your favorite Crispy Pata."
"'Dave' Ginter was a youth leader in the 1970's at the small old church I attended as a youth in Fairview, Oregon. He was energetic, loved God and cared deeply for the youth. My brother remembers being on the farm with him and his parents. I remember his talks - one especially on not having idols in our lives. I saw him one more time in 1980 on top of Larch Mt. -Sylvia Heyn-Smith"
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