Dr. Dave Beckwith

Dr. Dave Beckwith

Western Regional Director - Shepherd - Retreat Shepherd

Pastoral ministry is filled with enormous, sometimes overwhelming challenges, and a high number of pastors experience burnout, discouragement, and loneliness. Pastor Dave Beckwith has a “big heart” to listen and give grace as a “shepherd to the shepherds.” Having faced the realities of pastoring for over 40 years, he shares his life journey—the good, the painful, and the disappointing—in a way that helps others facing similar challenges. Renewed and energized pastors light the fire for a vibrant church.

Dave and his wife, Joanne, are both serving as Standing Stone Shepherds. He is the Western US Regional Director for Standing Stone Ministry. Dave is also the senior pastor emeritus for Woodbridge Church in Irvine, California, where he served as senior pastor for nearly 20 years. He also a writer for Saddleback Church and a lead pastor for churches going through transitions. Dave’s ministry experience includes camp and youth ministry, church administration, and over 30 years as a senior pastor. Dave is a graduate of Biola University (BS-Business Administration), and he did his seminary work at Talbot (MA-Chr. Ed.), Grace (MA-Biblical Studies), CalGrad (PhD-Church & Family Ministry), and Haven University (DMin. in Organizational Leadership).

Dave and Joanne were married in 1969, and their two daughters and their families are a source of joy. Dave enjoys hangin’ out and trying to keep up with his 4 grandchildren—biking, playing basketball or baseball, swimming, and hiking.

Dave is the author of  "I Love the World--It's People I Can't Stand" and co-author with his wife, Joanne, of "Your Winning Edge: God's Power Perfected in Weakness."


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