The ‘ol man of the crew I have been bouncing back and forth between P.E.I. to Cape Breton since emigrating to Canada in 1982. For most of those years I have been a pastor, though presently I am teaching at Cape Breton’s one and only, and, super duper Christian School, Munro Academy.
I awakened to the reality of Jesus as a living life giving Spirit about twenty years ago although I have sought him most of my life.
I became part of Lighthouse over three years ago and my wife Marie and I have become increasingly involved. We love the mission, the people, and the staff and volunteers of this fabulous fellowship. Pastor Dave’s vision is magnificent and we will try to help it along as much as we can.
Being Irish we are 98% Capers by shared roots and we love the island and it’s Celtic culture.
While we live in Ross Ferry, Lighthouse is definitely our spiritual home. We only missed getting there because of weather maybe twice in the last three years, and we actually enjoy the hour commute.
I have been married to Marie for well over half of my life!
Natalie MacMaster is a sweet genius, who is our favorite Cape Breton fiddler. We have happily sat in bucketing rain to hear her.
Football is the “Beautiful Game” with nothing to do with the NFL, and actually uses the foot (unlike the NFL) to move the ball (a round one) forward. And there is no greater team that plays that stupendous global sport than Liverpool Football Club!
We have seven wonderful children and eight staggeringly beautiful grand-children, we are a clan.
We love worship music, and are presently really enjoying Bethel’s beautiful songs. But we love Chris Tomlin, Rend Collective, and Hillsong.
Influences: Andrew Murray; Brennan Manning, Paul Ellis, Bill Johnson, and John Wimber.
Favorite things to do: Be with family, read, listen to good music, be up early in the mornings, and speak the Freedom of Christ to open hearts.
David Sawler, Exec Director of Lighthouse and YFC Undercurrent
Along with my wife, Shirley, and three kids we moved back to Glace Bay in the summer of 2005. Shirley grew up in Glace Bay and I lived here much of my teenage years, as well as, in Sydney. Before living here we were in Oakville, ON where I was a youth and young adults minister and mentorship program director. Previously, we were working with youth in Windsor, NS.
Several years ago I started writing and speaking, and now spend several weeks a year talking to youth groups, parents, and churches around Canada and many other countries. However, my heart is here in Cape Breton.
We are dedicated to seeing many new churches started here in Cape Breton, along with several more centres for youth. We are dedicated to seeing community transformation, where this generation can grow up free of addiction, hoplessness, and despair.
Personal Website – www.davidsawler.com
Some Semi Interesting Facts
Hobbies: Guitar, Drums, Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Videographer
Movies: Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, Band of Brothers, Matrix
Favorite Things: Steaks from the Keg, Pizza Buffets, Good Live Music, Chocolate Glazed Krispy Kream Donuts