David C. Needham was raised as one of four children in an authentic Christian home in a rural, ranch environment in Southern California. Graduating from both Westmont College and Dallas Theological Seminary with BA and ThM degrees, he accepted a youth and Christian education ministry position in his home church, the Community Church of Vista, California. Four years later he became pastor of the Laguna Beach Calvary Evangelical Free Church. Another four years later he was invited to join the faculty at Multnomah University where he eventually became Distinguished Professor of Theology. His books strive to encourage others to live as receivers, responders, and displayers of God's love. Needham's passion is encouraging fellow believers in an enthusiastic, relational response to God and his Word.