Meet David S. Bell

David S. Bell

Hi, I'm David!

David received a Post-Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, is a magna cum laude graduate of Drew Theological School, and holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and Secondary Education from The College of Wooster.  He is an ordained clergy in The United Methodist Church.

In addition to serving as Senior Design Partner with Design Group International, David currently is President and Executive Director of the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan. He is President of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations, Vice Chair of the United Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, a Director of the General Council on Finance and Administration, and Past President of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center Board of Directors. He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, the Church Network, the Advisory Boards of The United Methodist Church Development Center and the Good Sense Movement, and a community member of Lakeside Chautauqua.

David's Expertise & Certifications

David creates hope by providing motivational seminars and visionary design for leaders of congregations and faith-based organizations. With a primary focus on leadership and stewardship, David customizes his services to help leaders and their organizations transform for a vibrant future.

For nearly 30 years, David 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 his passionate emphasis on emotional intelligence combine to empower vital transformation. He empowers leaders to discover their unique role in enabling communities of faith to embody a generous culture.

He addresses the often-overlooked spiritual discipline of generosity, the debilitating impact of hyper consumerism on giving, and the positive cycle of abundance-focused communities. One of David’s recognized strengths is his personal understanding of organizations from various perspectives. He gained experience as a pastor, a development director, and a regional and national church executive.


Helping faithful leaders live generous lives.
  • Generosity Development
  • Board Governance

  • Adaptive Leadership

  • Executive Coaching

  • Organizational Visioning

Publications & Resources

Walking Alongside


Generosity Articles


Offertory Prayers


What Clients Say About David

David offers passionate and compassionate leadership. A keen mind, pastoral heart and commitment to stewardship fuel his creativity as a skillful facilitator and visionary leader. His dynamic and friendly style, combined with sensitivity to ecumenical and cultural diversity, also makes David a popular seminar leader in Canada and the U.S. David’s delightful sense of humour compliments his expertise for a meaningful and joyful experience.

God has truly anointed David Bell. His honest and compelling message convicted my heart and reminded me that God is truly the owner of all and I am His steward. I recommitted our finances to God and returned to [be] set free from the bondage of debt. Thank you!

David provides both creative and visionary leadership, while simultaneously understanding the unique value of each person. He is a focused listener, an effective team leader, and a skilled consensus builder. His presentations are rich with story and well-supported by multimedia technology. He is dependable — if he says he is going to do it, he will — and it will be done exceeding your expectations.

Barbara Fullerton  Vickie Perkins Bishop Kenneth Schnell
Barbara Fullerton, Stewardship Development Program Coordinator, The United Church of Canada
Vickie Perkins, Pastor, Hanover United Methodist Church, Hanover, Indiana
Bishop Kenneth Schnell, Risk Management Services, Community of Christ World Headquarters

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