About Dr. David Apple
- Year Joined Tenth
- Favorite Bible Passage
- Romans 8:1 and Romans 8:39—wonderful hope! There is no condemnation for those in Christ, and nothing can separate us from his love.
- Favorite Philadelphia Hangout
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art is my favorite place to spend time with my wife.
- Little-known Fact About David
- As a teenager I was a bowling champion, winning many awards and trophies.
I grew up in Paterson, NJ in a non-religious, Jewish family. Because of a crippling skull fracture from a car accident and childhood sexual abuse, I was filled with brokenness, despair and hopelessness. In my late teens, a friend ministered to me and shared the hope he had in Christ. Over the next few years he introduced me to Christians who attended his inner-city church plant. They were poor, ex-addicts, crippled, and blind. Yet, each shared their new life and hope in Christ—testimonies that, to me, were unbelievable. Eventually, wanting to know more, I began asking questions and studied with the pastor.
Then one night while driving to the church, I hit a child who had darted out in front of my car. It was a horrible experience, yet as his life was spared, I knew without a doubt that God had saved me from death many years before, and spiritually right then and there.
As Director of Mercy Ministries I oversee Tenth’s outreach ministries ACTS (Active Compassion Through Service) and have a training/leadership role with the diaconate. I lead several mercy ministry and Diaconal seminars, workshops, and conferences throughout the year, and am frequently asked to write articles on similar topics.
My wife Kate and I were wed in 1980 and our daughter, Anne-Cara, was born in 1987. I enjoy solving the Sunday crossword puzzle (a family tradition), reading mystery and spy novels, and watching old movies.