Distinguished Highlanders

Dave Stone - alumni

After high school graduation, Dave attended Cincinnati Christian University. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministries in 1983 and was ordained into ministry that same year.

He served as a youth minister before returning to his alma mater as the Director of Recruitment in 1985, where he set record-breaking enrollment numbers for the university.

In 1989, Dave joined the staff of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. For 30 years he has enjoyed, led and influenced the diverse families of his congregation. His love for people, preaching and Jesus shows in all he does. Since 2006 he has served as the Senior Pastor of the church, entrusted with both the joy and responsibility of preaching to over 25,000 each weekend and managing a staff of over 500 people. Under his leadership, the church has seen its highest growth of attendance and has started six multi-site campuses in the region. Southeast has been listed as one of the 10 largest churches in the country in each of the last 20 years.

Dave is a popular speaker for regional and national conferences. He has authored eight books and appeared on numerous television programs. Whether Dave is speaking or writing, he has the unique ability to touch both your heart and your funny bone through his practical life lessons.

Dave has a huge heart. He wants everyone to know Jesus. The mission statement he created for Southeast is Connecting People to Jesus and One Another. He lives out that mission statement in his everyday life.

Preaching may be his gift, but Dave’s family is his life’s blessing. He and his beautiful wife, Beth, have been married for 34 years and have three grown children and three grandchildren with a fourth on the way!

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Dave Stone