Meet Pastor Dave

Greetings! I’m Pastor Dave Milam, and I came to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in September 2005. I was ordained on June 23, 1985 by San Diego Presbytery. Prior to joining our church family here at St Andrew, I serve at churches in Wolcott, New York; El Centro, California and Macomb, Michigan.

I was born in Peoria, Illinois but lived in several locations throughout my childhood and teen years, including Richmond, Virginia. By the time I had reached high school, my family was living in San Diego where I attended high school and then college. My wife, Bonnie and I now reside in Purcellville, in the Courts of St. Francis, behind the library. We love getting out to walk because we are in the center of town. Together we have three adult children and now, six grandchildren.

Following high school, I receive my Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. I late received my Master of Arts from Wheaton College, followed by a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and finished with a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

My calling to ministry took place during my college years though I had already held a strong commitment to the church before that time. As a student at San Diego State University, I was enrolled in a course regarding New Testament. I would ask many questions throughout each class. My professor and answered my numerous questions with much patience and thoughtfulness. During a moment before entering class one day, I felt the Holy Spirit speak to me, saying: “David, shut up and listen to the man!” In other words, my calling to ministry came from listening to what Jesus says to us in text. It was at this moment that I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to go into ministry.

I have three favorite areas of service within the ministry. I am passionate about preaching and the study behind it; I love connection Bible Stories with our own stories and current events. Another favorite area of mine is teaching the Believing and Belonging Class This is a class taught for those who are new to the church, ready to make a bond with the congregation as a participant in church life. As we talk about how God has helped us in life, how to read and understand the Bible, how to worship with intention and what it means to be a Presbyterian, class participants enjoy visiting these conversations about faith while also forming a sense of community with myself and those in the class with them.

St. Andrew also has a commitment to our larger community of Purcellville and Western Loudoun County. I am active in the community as a Rotarian and take special joy in the Interfaith opportunities, I’ve been presented. Exclusivity gets my goat. If we are following the ark of Jesus’ way, we see that it bends towards seeing everyone as beloved by God, empowering women and men in leadership, welcoming the stranger whether an immigrant, different in sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, religion, class, or experience from us. Jesus calls us to a new kind of community. If you’ve ever stood in front of a painting by Cezanne you might understand. Stand back and the picture as a whole is beautiful, refreshing, compelling. Get up close and you see that Cezanne has painted not with broad strokes but with tiny, unique points.  

I am glad to serve St. Andrew Church. We welcome those who would visit us, inviting you to be a part of the warm, kind and caring church family that we seek to be.