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David came to Mount Tabor after serving "12 winters" with the Morning Star Parish in eastern North Dakota. Previously he served ELCA congregations in South Dakota, Oregon, and California. He received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and his M.Div. from Pacific Lutheran in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in 1988.
David's wife Kirstin Maanum is a native of Minnesota, and received her undergraduate degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She has served over ten years in the non-profit sector on the US/Mexico border. Kirstin received her Master of Public Health in 2008 from New Mexico State in Las Cruces. Kirstin works full-time at the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Utah, guiding the development of the Women’s Enrollment Initiative.
Kirstin and David enjoy beer-tasting, travel, and hiking with their family. Kirstin and David welcomed their son Soren on May 9th, 2011. Soren was baptized at Mount Tabor on September 25th, 2011. They welcomed their daughter Signe on May 16, 2013. Pastor David has three children living in North Dakota: Caitlyn graduated from UND Grand Forks with a degree in nursing; Seth graduated from UND in 2013 with a degree in Recreation and Tourism; Sage is an undergrad at UND.
"I am excited to be part of a faith community that embodies the values of inclusivity, compassion, and gracious hospitality. Mount Tabor is a growing, multi-ethnic, and age-diverse congregation that is intentional in its welcome to all, especially the LGBT community of Salt Lake, who are looking for a sanctuary of beauty and grace to worship the God of love. We look to be in partnership with those in our city for the sake of the poor, the marginalized, and the under-served so that everyone has a place to thrive in this wonderfully multicultural context. I want to personally invite you to participate in the many worship and ministry opportunities here, as we celebrate the diversity of God's creation together."