What is the “Dash”?

by Dave Seldon on April 2, 2012

Pastor David Foster often told the story of visiting his Dad’s gravestone, looking at … Date of birth – Date of death … and realizing that his whole life was represented by that little “-“.

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So very saddened to hear of Dave’s passing…I played every Sunday with the worship team in the mid-90’s for about two and a half years…and was always impressed and enriched by his speaking and his willingness to challenge ” conventional church” and make a space for those who had their doubts about God and had so many questions about faith and place..
My sincere condolences and prayers go out to Paula, Lindsey, Erin and Paige and the multitude of friends….Due to commitments I am unable to attend visitation and the funeral. I pray for God’s Peace and Mercy for all who mourn Dave’s passing to be with Papa God.

by Steven Bryant on April 3, 2012 at 11:40 am. Reply #

A neighbor said to me, “Why don’t you come to church with us this morning,” and I did. The neighbor got me started back to church, but David kept me going. He always seemed to have a message just for me, just when I needed it. He had a truly profound effect on my life.

by Steve Dean on April 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm. Reply #

(From my facebook page)
I believed in him. I needed him. I loved him. The three things he always said people in your life need to know. I left Illinois at 3:20 AM, eagerly anticipating what he’d say on Easter, drove 467 miles, got to the service by 10:30, sat down and found out his memorial service was April 4th. Many here might be surprised there was someone, anyone, who could talk to me about God. This isn’t about me but it IS about the size of the hole he left in me and in EVERYONE I know who knew him. I hoped, for just a moment, that this was his way of illustrating Easter and he’d come bounding out. His final gift to me was that I learned this on Easter. It leaves me thinking of a line by Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman. (Dr. Foster would then say, “Yes you do.” and I’d say “I only mean for now.” RIP

by Dave Staats on April 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm. Reply #

What to say.?? I was hurting and confused and abused by some former churches I walked into The Gathering and felt comfortable immediately.
Pastor David Foster’s message on those mornings hit home. I enjoyed his humor.
It was a time when my 18 year old daughter was having seizures often and I couldn’t leave her alone long.. She was sleeping and I knew I had little time to go to church and make it back to be there for her.

Jesus was ministering to me in the teachings and the music I heard and I left quickly afterward but full of the love of God.

So, this is just a huge thank you from a stranger you never met but gave to

RIP Pastor David. See you on the other side.

by denise on September 9, 2012 at 7:31 am. Reply #

Well, I have to say that my heart is so sad. I moved from Nashville to Atlanta for work in 2010. I remember googling “pastors that preach like David Foster” before my move and finding Andy Stanley at North Point. They are quite similar and I’ve enjoyed 5 years at NPCC. After entertaining the possibility of moving back to Nashville, I googled David Foster to make sure he was still at the Gathering.

This is the first I’ve seen the news of David’s passing. I still am in shock. I remember meeting in Bellevue in the elementary school gym for years before moving to the big campus and then following David to the Gathering. He was PIVOTAL in my return to church in 1998. . I don’t think I would have had it not been for going to that gymnasium, seeking, and hearing an AMAZING pastor speak right to my heart.

David…I know you’re up in Heaven, but moving back to Nashville won’t be same without hearing your amazing sermons on Sunday mornings.

My regards to his family. Time will never change the loss but it will bring you peace. God’s plan is definitely one that included and needed David out Be wouldn’t have called him home do early!!!

God Bless!!!!

by Elizabeth Parrillo on August 13, 2015 at 10:29 am. Reply #

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