In 1968 Jerry Snell opened a door in the hallway outside our first hour chemistry class. He invited me into what I discovered was a darkroom. Soon I was on the school newspaper and annual staff as a photographer. Later I learned that Jerry was a Lutheran who was planning to become a pastor. A few years later I was not only a Lutheran, but I was heading off to seminary to become a Lutheran pastor, too. Jerry followed a year later and served as a pastor in Missouri until his untimely heart attack and death. I thank God for Jerry and enjoy photography still today – not to mention rejoicing in serving as a Lutheran pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Cypress, Texas.

David Bahn is a follower of Jesus Christ, husband to Diane, father and grandfather. He serves as Senior Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Cypress, Texas, and is an avid amateur photographer. His photo website is “Flowers by God Photos by David” He also publishes a devotional blog that may be accessed from the St. John website.

David has served churches in Utah, Colorado, Arkansas, and Texas – which they now claim as home, having lived here longer than anywhere else. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1979, and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1991.

He joins Diane, his wife, in her work with the Pastoral Leadership Institute, where she serves as a team leader. Recently they have offered presentations on Marriage and Ministry Partnership, Leadership, Changing Your Congregation’s Culture, and Missional Living, including their recent presentations in Kenya for pastors and wives of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya.

David believes that Jesus’ gift of abundant life (John 10:10) is a balanced life of UP-IN-OUT (love for God, community with others, and mission to the world).

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