Dave Mahar

Regional Representative, Great Lakes

2016 marked the year Dave joined the Plant With Purpose team as our ambassador to the Great Lakes region. He shares the story of our global impact and deepens partnerships throughout the region, with his home base in Chicago.

Dave has a 25 year background serving on the pastoral leadership team of various congregations throughout California and Illinois. Originally from the Bay Area, he and his family moved to Illinois in 1997 where he began serving at Christ Church of Oak Brook as the Pastor of Student Ministry and Faith Development.

Dave has his M.Div from Fuller Seminary and BA in Psychology and Communications from Cal State Sacramento. He's an avid runner and has been championing teams to run the Chicago Marathon and raise funds for clean water initiates in Africa over the past decade.

Dave and his wife Char live in the Chicago suburb of Western Springs, IL, with one daughter nearby and a son in college in L.A. On any given weekend you can find them training for their next race, spending time with family, and rooting on the Cubs or Giants depending on the season.