Dr. David Todd serves as coordinator for Evangelism Explosion International. Evangelism Explosion is a ministry that trains people how to share their faith in Christ and how to bring people from unbelief to belief. It utilizes a variety of components including prayer, actual on-the-job training where the experienced lead the inexperienced, and the principle of spiritual multiplication.
Dr. Todd's Personal Testimony
God used a beer commercial to change the direction of my life…. twice.
While an undergraduate at Wake Forest University I was taught in required “religion” courses that the bible is merely history written from one certain perspective, having nothing to do with ultimate truth or a personal, infinite, creating God.
As a graduate student in physical therapy at Duke University I became further convinced that there is no God and the best course of action in life is to follow the advice of a (then) Schlitz beer commercial…. “You only go around once, so grab life with all the gusto you can.” Accordingly, I determined to move 1,000 miles from my parent’s home in the Washington, D.C. area to Fort Lauderdale, Florida the fun and sun capitol of the world, being absolutely certain in my mind that there was no God that kept score of my sin.
My work as a physical therapist was at a hospital that shared a parking lot with the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, pastored by Jim Kennedy. In the providence of God, I had moved 1,000 miles in order to work across the street from the man who defended historic, orthodox Christianity better than anyone in his generation.
Some three years later the gospel reached my heart following a series of lengthy meetings with Jim Kennedy, who was my mentor and dear friend for 30 years. Now, as a Christian, the same Schlitz beer commercial resounded again, not so much in my ears, but in my heart. I do only go around once, and now I was highly motivated to accomplish as much as possible for Jesus Christ. Eventually I attended seminary, was a pastor in Fort Lauderdale for 10 years. How ironic it was to be a pastor in the city where I had previously lived so corruptly. Next came 18 months working at Evangelism Explosion, and then a move to Macon, Georgia to start a church, working there for 14 years.
Now I have “recycled” back to Evangelism Explosion and my life is committed to placing this wonderful ministry tool in churches and schools in the south. People, especially men, are “wired” to seek adventure which often takes them into nonsense and sin. But… the greatest adventure in the world is to be used by Jesus Christ to take people to heaven. If you understand the free gift of eternal life, you will want to share that good news with others. EE is training people all over the world to share their faith graciously, confidently, and effectively. Won’t you be on the team that takes saving grace to millions so that through your prayer and commitment many will “not perish but have eternal life.”
By his grace I have one wife, three children, and ten grandchildren whom I greatly love and cherish. My goal is to be used by God in a magnificent spiritual process that will return the culture of our unique nation to God. Together, we can change the world. Let’s get started.