David Staal brings passion, leadership, and experience to any role in which he serves. In 2019, he accepted a short-term role of Interim Executive Director / Consultant at a nonprofit in Illinois in order to help a friend re-engineer a struggling organization. Prior to that assignment, he served for 11 years as CEO of Kids Hope USA, an organization that partners local churches with elementary schools to provide mentors for at-risk students. While Kids Hope USA experienced tremendous national growth, his most treasured moments came every week volunteering as a mentor.
Before his non-profit experience, David worked in leadership positions at Willow Creek Community Church, first as communications director / spokesperson and then as Promiseland Director (children's ministry). During his ten years at Willow Creek, David developed as an author and speaker domestically and internationally. For 12 years, he served as a senior editor / columnist for Christianity Today International, followed by three years in a similar role for Ministry Matters. Read over 150 columns and watch short videos by David at Christianity Today or at Ministry Matters.
David started in ministry for Willow Creek following a 13-year corporate business career.
While his work matters, his family matters far more. In 2019, David and Becky celebrated their 30th anniversary. Becky has worked on several church staffs and started her own leadership development business (beckystaal.com) following a corporate career. The two met at Purdue, where they both earned degrees in communications. Their adult children, Scott and Erin, live in Indiana. Scott serves as a multi-area director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He and David co-authored Show Up: Student Edition. Erin teaches Kindergarten and coaches high school tennis.