In addition to being of counsel to colleagues, he currently serves as President & Executive Director of the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan. David is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. He received a Doctor of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary where he serves as an adjunct instructor and a member of the President’s Advisory Council. He earned Post-Graduate Certificates in Executive Leadership and Executive Coaching from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Drew Theological School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Secondary Education from The College of Wooster.
His current board service includes the National Association of United Methodist Foundations, Wesleyan Investive, and the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church. He previously served on the boards of The United Methodist Church Development Center, the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, Good Sense Ministry, and Lakeside Chautauqua. He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, and the Church Network.
For more than 30 years, David S. Bell has asked faith-based, non-profit leaders adaptive questions that help them envision new possibilities. He is a thought leader whose intuitive curiosity about organizational systems and enthusiastic application of emotional intelligence combine to empower vital transformation. David is a visionary leader with proven, successful experience in capacity building, fund development, and asset-based thinking. He is an accomplished senior executive and an engaging communicator. One of David’s recognized strengths is his personal understanding of complex organizations from a 360° perspective. He gained practical experience as a pastor, a development director, and a regional and national church leader.
Helping faithful leaders live generous lives.