Dave is from Maine and has traveled all over the world as he served in the US Air Force for 26 years. He currently holds a position with Chesapeake Utilities. Dave and his wife Lonna have 3 kids and have served at Cornerstone church since 2000.
Dave was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in West Chester. He received Christ into his heart at the age of 12 at Goshen Baptist Church. He attended Towson University and graduated with a degree in healthcare administration. Dave moved to Delaware in 2011 and works in Finance at Bayhealth.
Dave is married to Michelle and they have four boys; Andrew, Reid, Elliott and Henry. They live in the Camden-Wyoming area. They have attended Cornerstone since December 2011. Dave and Michelle serve in the AWANA and VBS programs.
I grew up an Army Brat and after my dad got out of the Army, we moved to Georgia. God opened my eyes at 17. I later joined the Air Force and served 21 years. During that time the Air Force brought me to Dover and I met my wife Heather. We have 2 children, Gannon and Taylor. We have been at Cornerstone since 2017. We continue to be amazed at how God continues to work in our lives since we have been at Cornerstone. Heather and I look forward not only to serving Cornerstone, but our community as well.
In 1996 I was born in Dover Delaware, and have lived here my entire life. I grew up attending Church every Sunday because it was something that we are supposed to do, right? Well, after eighteen years of living life for myself by God’s grace he opened my eyes to the beauty of the Gospel and now I love God and cherish his Bride. In 2014, God transformed my life through the means of the preaching of the Word at Cornerstone’s young adult ministry called Refuge. I became a member and have been attending Cornerstone church ever since. I met my beautiful wife Caroline at Cornerstone soon after and we got married in July of 2017. We have been blessed with a beautiful daughter named Harlow. I love and enjoy playing sports, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I am currently employed at The Delaware City Refinery and am working towards my Theological and Biblical Studies degree at Boyce College. Lord willing, I will use that to engage in Pastoral Ministry.
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.” Titus 3:3-8 (ESV)
Dave and Leah emigrated from Canada in 2006 and have been a part of Cornerstone fellowship since 2010.
As infants, both Dave and Leah were baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, and grew up knowing very little about God’s love and saving grace and the knowledge of a personal savior. “I always knew there was a God but never really thought about Him unless I had strife or trouble in my life. My faith was something that I left at church and was a very personal mater, which I never easily or openly talked about.” Dave had never even opened a Bible until moving to the U.S. He will tell you that prior to leaving Canada, God was knocking on his door and was beginning to reach him through worship music that his wife intentionally played often.
After arriving in Cincinnati, Ohio, a friend took them to a non-Denominational Christian Church. It was an attractive transition as this church experience was like none they had ever had. First Leah was saved and she continued to pray for Dave and fed him God’s word through Music. Slowly and lovingly, God opened Dave’s eyes. Instrumental in Dave’s journey to salvation, God placed incredible men in Dave’s life who pointed him to Christ and Dave felt Christ’s gentle loving tug on his heart. The Semarks were surrounded by caring Godly families who invited them into their homes and lives….. and bible studies. In the fall of 2006 Dave participated in a Missions trip to Honduras. “The trip was one of the hardest physical and spiritual experiences I had ever undergone. Despite being surrounded by poverty, these people had hope and their faith was incredibly strong.” It was on that trip to Honduras that Dave gave his life to Christ.
The Lord brought Dave and his family to Dover in 2008, and led them to Cornerstone Church in 2010, where they were soon both baptized. They are so thankful to a part of the body of Christ in this church family. Currently, by attending small home groups, Dave’s family is blessed with building and strengthening relationships, digging into God’s word collectively, and praying together.
While their interests include camping in the spring, summer and fall, the Semark family like to frequent hockey rinks in the winter. Dave enjoys playing hockey as well as watching his daughter and son play.
Working for Procter and Gamble, Dave is in his 35thyear. Leah is a homeschooling mom to Eve (10yrs) and Benjamin (13yrs) and they belong to a local Christ centered homeschooling community.