My name is David Torres. I am husband to my amazing wife Danae, and father to my three dearly loved children. We have lived in Mesa, AZ for three years and have recently become a part of Apologia Church. I work full-time in Human Resources for a large corporation.
God grabbed a hold of my wicked and rebellious heart when I was 17 years old. As I worshipped sports, women, my reputation, and success in school, little did I know that Jesus Christ was about to turn my world right-side up. Because I was semi-connected to a church and fairly moral externally, everyone thought of me as a Christian. I was anything but. I started studying the Bible (for the first time) to pridefully prove a point to a friend. The words of Christ to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:27-28 crushed my pride: “For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” The God who said, “Let light shine in the darkness,” gave light to my soul: this is why Christ’s perfect life, death on the cross, and resurrection were so precious! He took my sin onto himself and transferred his righteous résumé to me, so that I could be adopted into God’s family and enjoy him forever! I was granted the gift of repentance and faith, and because of my new heart I trusted in Christ alone for my righteousness. What grace!
The word of God became sweeter than honey to my mouth (Ps 119:103). I devoured the Scriptures for hours a day. A few years later I was formally introduced to Reformed Theology. Through this the Lord brought me deeper into my own depravity, the sweetness and power of the grace of God, the immeasurable depths of delight in Christ, and his sovereignty and authority to govern every detail in the universe for his glory and the joy of his people.
I began to study intensely because of my burning desire to know Christ more deeply and to spread his glorious gospel. After about 10 years of prayer, consideration, and discussion with other Christians regarding the pursuit of more formal equipping for ministry, the Lord led me to enroll in Reformed Baptist Seminary. What an incredible seminary it is! It was one of the great pleasures of my life to study at an institution that has such godly and knowledgeable professors, is academically rigorous, winsomely Reformed, Christ-centered, flexible, and affordable. God is so kind to have given me this opportunity. I would like to thank my wife Danae for her unwavering Christ-centered support and encouragement on this journey.
I am an ordinary Christian man. By the grace of God, I am seeking to love my wife as Christ loved the church, to disciple my children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, to serve my local church in whatever needs they have, to work my job for the glory of God, and to press the gospel and its implications into our community, nation, and to unreached peoples, all for the sake of advancing the Kingdom of God and the submission of all things to the good Lordship of Jesus Christ. In the past I have preached, taught Sunday school, led small groups, and been involved in personal discipleship and outreach. However, I do not know what the future holds for my life and ministry. Bi-vocational eldering, bi-vocational church planting, further formal education, or continuing to serve in the capacity of lay member are all options. My wife and I will continue to search the Scriptures, pray, and listen to the counsel of our elders and fellow church members. What we know without a doubt is that to live is Christ and to die is gain. If we are to remain in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for us. As long as we remain, by God’s grace, we will labor for others’ progress and joy in the faith (Phil 1:21-25).