Dave and April were both raised in northeastern Ohio and met while students at Ohio University. Dave was a standout basketball player–eventually becoming the 15th pick in the first round of the 1990 NBA draft–while April pursued her passion for the fine arts and majored in dance. After college Dave moved to Houston, Texas, to begin his professional basketball career with the Houston Rockets and April moved to Los Angeles, California, to find her fame and fortune in dance. Neither of them knew that “the life” they were looking for was not going to be found in professional sports or Hollywood, but in an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. Although they both had achieved great success in the world’s eyes, they knew God had more for them. They both surrendered their lives to Christ in the summer of 1991 and were married on July 25, 1992. Dave and April spent the first thirteen years of their marriage in Texas and are absolutely thrilled to be back in the Austin area. As you’ll often hear them say, “there’s no other place we would rather live than Austin.” They have four children: Bret (23), Elijah (21), Trey (15), and Mia (12) who are also glad to be back in Texas. Especially the three boys who were all born here. It is out of this passion for what God powerfully did for them and their love for this community that they are launching Renovate Church.ve a wide background of life and ministry experience that have shaped and prepared them for this work. Dave has served as the International Director and President of a sports ministry; was the Lead Pastor and planter of a church in Carmel, Indiana; was the Founder and President of Champions Academy–a world class basketball training academy; served for seven years on the national ministry team for the National Association of Basketball Coaches overseeing all Christian activity at the NCAA Final Four; served on the board of City Mosaic, a partnership of churches in Indianapolis that works collaboratively to bring transformation to individuals, families, and communities in poverty; and served the past seven years as the lead outreach pastor at Traders Point Christian Church helping it grow from 1,400 to 5,600 in weekend attendance. Dave has ministered in over 40 countries and received his training from Victory Leadership Institute and graduated from the Advanced School of Church Planting and Pastoral Ministry in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2003
April has a huge passion for the arts community and creativity and recently served as the Founder and President of Renovate Dance Center in Indianapolis. She has served in leadership positions with IMPACT, Arts Alive, His Company International, The Christian Dance Center, and was the head of all choreography at the AD2000 prayer movement event in Ephesus, Turkey. April is not only a gifted dancer and choreographer, but is a gifted communicator as well. She also has a heart for the nations and has ministered around the world in places like Russia, Turkey, Pw Zealand, Kenya, Jamaica, and Mexico.