David spent 17 years serving in five different Latin American countries. From smuggling Bibles into Cuba to evangelizing in southern Chile, he experienced some of the amazing highs and heart breaking lows of ministry.
While serving on the pastoral staff of a six thousand member church and directing a network of 30 churches he realized his calling to care for the souls of pastors and missionaries. As a trained leadership coach and counselor, David and his wife Emma taught coaching and counseling in the Amazon jungle and the Andes Mountains while coaching and counseling many dozens.
David excelled in Galatians 6:1 where it says: “If anyone is caught in a transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.” But he failed to take heed of the last part; “Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”
Turning to alcohol to deal with the stress and disappointments of ministry he became a closet alcoholic. This forced the Bredemans to return to Virginia, broken and wondering if they would ever be in ministry again.
The slow and painful process of soul searching restoration lasted seven years. David’s desire is that no one would have to make the same mistakes he did.
Now with a marriage that is stronger than ever, David and Emma maintain a loving and encouraging relationship with pastors and missionaries in the US and Latin America in both Spanish and English.
He coauthored “The Accidental Missionary,” a love story about how he ‘won Emma’s heart,' but also a book that doesn’t sugar coat life in the ministry. David and Emma have three grown children; Joshua, Angela and Mary.