- Dave Golden- Pastor-Teacher
I have had the privilege of serving as the Pastor of Faith Bible Chapel since March of 2015.
The teaching ministry of Faith Bible Chapel has been an integral part of my focus since the church's inception in 1979. I served as one of the founding elders and have been teaching the adult Sunday School class or various Bible studies for over 40 years. I thoroughly enjoy sharing God's precious Word with others and have a special affinity for Apologetics, or Defense of the Faith.
I am a native of the Randolph area having been raised on the family dairy farm in the town of Coldspring. I graduated from Randolph Central school in 1969 and from SUNY Morrisvile in 1971. I also studied at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, majoring in history with minor in Bible. Prior to my retirement in April of 2010, I spent 24 years working as a youth counselor at a residential care facility for at risk children.
My wife, Mary, and I are the parents of four married adult children. We also have six grandchildren. My favorite activities include walking/hiking; identifying native flora and fauna; playing guitar; writing poetry; keeping a daily journal; and reading. Some of my favorite Christian authors include Dr. John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Dr. Norman Geisler, Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, and C.S. Lewis. Some of my favorite fiction writers are J.R.R. Tolkien, Louis L'Amour, Elmer Kelton, Paul O. Williams, Zane Grey, And James Oliver Curwood. My favorite sports teams are the Randolph Cardinals, the Atlanta Braves, and the Buffalo Bills.
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I was born in 1954 and grew up within the boundary of what is now the Quaker area of Allegany State Park. I graduated from Randolph Central School in 1972. I started my employment at Allegany State Park in July of 1972 and worked there until my retirement in June 2009. I married Peggy Mason in July of 1976. We settled in Steamburg and raised our three children, Maureen, Andrew, and Liza in the home where Peggy and I still reside.
I was saved in 1984 after fighting alcoholism and selfism.God used my wife's "quiet spirit," Faith Bible's pastor Ray Huber, and a host of the most loving people one could know to lead me to him. I was baptized in May of that year.
I have been fed the word of God by a number of pastors and teaching elders at FBC. I've attened a number of Promise Keepers events. I am a part of Koinonia of Jamestown and Chautauqua County.
I feel blessed to be able to serve my God in whatever ways he chooses.