It has been said that "with David, you get not only a speaker, but a life changed. He represents the very audience we're trying to reach." At the age of 19, David encouraged his first girlfriend to have an abortion thinking that this was best for their futures. David knows the pain that men experience who have suffered the loss of fatherhood due to a past abortion. Yet he also knows the forgiveness, grace, healing, and transforming power of Jesus Christ available to men suffering from abortion.
The early chapters of David’s life are characterized by a confusing childhood and years as a college student and young professional filled with alcohol, partying, sexual immorality, unwanted pregnancies, abortion, marriage, adultery, and divorce. At the age of 26, David’s life was radically transformed by God’s amazing grace. Shortly after this in 1999, David sensed the Lord leading him to leave a promising career in the public sector to enter into full-time ministry to inner-city teens at the City Mission in Cleveland Ohio.
A couple of years later, David married his bride Terea and joined her as full-time staff with Cru. During his 10 years on staff with Cru, David served as campus staff in Northeast Ohio, a traveling speaker, and chaplain for the Cincinnati Bengals. David has served as a Senior Pastor at CrossWay Community Church, a predominantly white congregation, in Orlando, Florida.
God has worked in David’s life and ministry experiences to give him a heart and passion to be a part of reaching, building, and sending this generation of youth, college students, and young adults with the glorious gospel of Christ; exhorting the body of Christ to live out her unity among her ethnically and culturally diverse members; being a voice for the unborn while extending the compassion of Christ to their parents.
David serves as an itinerant preacher and evangelist as he partners with various ministries locally and nationally. David has shared his story at banquets for Pregnancy Resource Centers and other Pro-Life organizations. He has been a speaker for Sanctity of Life Sunday at numerous churches. He has written articles, done radio interviews, and been a co-presenter with Brad Mattes, Life Issues Institute, on a webinar for Heartbeat International on the topic of Men and Abortion. David also contributed a chapter in the book 'Tears of A Fisherman: Recovery of Men Wounded by Abortion' authored by Kevin Burke (Rachel's Vineyard). He is a Men's Chapter leader with SaveOne, member of MAN (Men and Abortion Network), member evangelist of Next Generation Alliance (a ministry of the Luis Palau Association), and a speaker with Cru.
David received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. David and his wife, Terea, and their six children live in Orlando. David also has an adult son who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
By God's grace, David is a champion for the unborn, a minister of compassion to men and women in crisis due to an unplanned pregnancy, and an instrument of healing and grace to those, men in particular, who are hurting from a past abortion.
Deacon Ralph Poyo
Ralph was born to his Colombian mother, Connie, and his Cuban father, Jose, in Cali, Colombia. They came to the United States in 1965 and spent a few years in Atlanta, Georgia before settling in Miami, Florida. It was during high school in Miami that Ralph met his future wife, Susan, and after five years of dating, they married in 1984. They now have five beautiful daughters: Sarah Marie, Rachel Joy Louise, Leah Christine, Rebekah Faith, and Hannah Grace. He testifies that he has come to understand the true meaning of patience in living with his “Six Pack” of women. Still, second only to the Lord, they are the loves of his life, and he counts it his greatest accomplishment to have introduced his girls to the Lord.
As founder of New Evangelization Ministries (NEM), Deacon Ralph Poyo seeks to be a useful tool for assisting pastors in training their parish leadership in evangelization. He has traveled extensively around the United States, serving as an evangelist and speaker. He incorporates what he learned and experienced in five years of research in rural, inner-city, and suburban parishes. After almost thirty years of parish ministry, he understands the complexities of various ministry environments.