Dave and April Jamerson
Dave and April were both raised in Northeast 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 the big city. Neither of them knew that “the life” they were looking for was not going to be found in professional sports or Hollywood, but in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Although they both had achieved great success in the world’s eyes, they were hungry for an authentic relationship with God. They both independently surrendered their lives to Christ in the summer of 1991and later that year sensed God bringing them together eventually marrying on July 25, 1992. They are blessed to have four children: Bret (24), Elijah (22), Trey (16), and Mia (14). It is out of this passion for what God powerfully did for them, and what they know He can do for others, that they launched Renovate Church. Dave and April have 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 NABC (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, Indiana, that worked collaboratively to bring transformation to individuals, families, and communities in poverty; and served for seven years on the leadership team as the lead outreach pastor at Traders Point Christian Church in Indianapolis helping it grow from 1,400 to 6,000 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 was the President and Founder of Renovate Dance Center. She has also served in leadership positions with IMPACT, Arts Alive, His Company International, The Christian Dance Center, and was the lead choreographer at the AD2000 prayer event in Ephesus, Turkey. April is not only a gifted dancer and choreographer, but is a gifted communicator of God’s word. She also has a heart for the nations and has ministered around the world in Russia, Turkey, Peru, New Zealand, Kenya, Jamaica, and Mexico.