Dr. David Defoe, is married to his wife Denise, and is the proud father of a beautiful daughter, Dayna.  Pastor Defoe and his family began their tenure here at New Life on February 1, 2014.  Since that time, his progressive thinking, out of the box ministry, and creative preaching has been a blessing to our church.


He has a BA in English and Communications from Andrews University, a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div) in Pastoral Ministry from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Family Counseling from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Family Ministries from Andrews University.  Currently he is in the final stages of completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.


Dr. Defoe is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC-S) with supervisory credentials,  a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Certified Crisis Intervention Specialist, and Family Life Educator. Additionally, He is the founder and Clinical Director of a group mental health practice, Imara Counseling Services based in Laurel, Maryland.


Pastor Defoe, having been born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, is an avid lover of all Boston Sports teams, including the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics. He enjoys reading, writing, and playing golf.


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