About David

David is the rector of St Alban’s Anglican Church, and an adjunct lecturer in Church History and Christian Thought.

David was born in France, where his parents served as church planters, and spent most of his adult life in the United States. He served as a youth pastor and pastor in the U.S., and was formerly the NSW director for FamilyVoice Australia. He is married to Cathie, and they have two young children.

David’s PhD (Cambridge, 2014) looked at changes in public morality in early nineteenth century Britain, particularly with respect to the protection of moral innocence.

David has passion for the Christian community to retain its ‘saltiness’ in a changing culture, as it joyfully reflects the goodness of life in Christ. His areas of academic interest include the history of early evangelicalism, the Clapham sect, sexual ethics, and the ethics of work.


Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, B.A. in Philosophy, 1988.

Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA, M.Div.,1994.

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, M.Phil. in Historical Studies, 2008.

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, Ph.D. in History, 2014. Thesis was titled “Public morality and the ethic of innocence in early nineteenth-century Britain (1790-1840)” and was an examination of the changes in public morality which provided the basis for Victorian concerns about sexual restraint and modesty.


“Liberal Moralists: The Rise of Reticence in Pre-Victorian Britain,” LUCAS: An Evangelical History Review, Vol. 2 No.9 (forthcoming).

“Church and World: The Third Lens,” Southern Cross, Vol. 22 No. 6 (August 2016).

“In Defence of Prudery: Revisiting the Victorian Quest for Innocence,”CASE Quarterly, vol. 39, 2014.

‘“The Most Dangerous of Allies:’ Evangelicals and the Novel, 1790-1840,”CHF Bulletin, Summer, 2010.

‘Not Worth Knowing: The Idea of Innocence in Early Victorian Britain, A Study of Leading Periodicals’, Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, Vol. X, 2008.