Dave Abernethy

Director of Credentialing


Dave Abernethy has served as director of credentialing for EFCA’s North Central District since 2023. He came to saving faith in Jesus Christ during the summer of 1998 while a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned a B.A. in English Literature. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, as well as a level-two certification in the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He served for two years as Assistant Pastor at Village Church of Lincolnshire in Lake Forest, IL, and is currently serving as the Lead Pastor at Mound Free Church since 2005. He is married to Melissa and has two children, Caleb, and Mia. Dave enjoys reading theology, listening to music, and running on the Dakota Trail. He is grateful to serve alongside our district team as we serve pastors, church leaders, and churches.

As District Director of Credentialing, his ministry focuses on these things:

  • Overseeing district credentialing ministry
  • Developing and maintaining District Credentialing Network
  • Working with and connecting the NCD to our National Board of Ministerial Standing