David E. Kresta, PhD
I long to see Jesus followers leading the way in addressing poverty, inequality, and other injustices. I’m interested in how local churches impact their surrounding neighborhoods in processes such as gentrification, segregation, land use, and economic development. My PhD in Urban Studies from Portland State University has given me a deep appreciation for the complexities and opportunities in community and economic development and excitement for how churches can be engaged. I continue to be engaged in the academy teaching graduate level courses in Community Development and Community Economic Development at Portland State University.
I’m grateful that God has granted me 25+ years of experience in high-tech software companies, startups, raising capital from skeptical investors, as well as nonprofit and church board experience. My business experience, along with an MBA, equip me to understand the realities of business, finance, and economic systems. I have also seen Jesus followers in cities and suburbs across the country experience a reawakening to our holistic mission, with the good news touching not only individuals but communities. I am convinced that God is calling us toward more engagement with the world, not less, and that means rolling up our sleeves and engaging with the processes driving local economies and overall community thriving. I love to walk alongside wonderful leaders of churches and faith-based non-profits, helping them to understand and bless their communities.