In Memory

Timothy David Beck - Class Of 1979

Timothy David Beck

 

David earned his bachelor’s degree at Ball State University, a master’s of theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and his doctorate in theology at Southern Methodist University.

He married Susan Frommer on Dec. 31, 1988.

David was intellectual yet practical, passionate about what he called, “the simple way of Jesus.”

He served as associate pastor at Kings Harbor Church and Life Covenant Church in Torrance, Calif.; Sanctuary Covenant Church in Sacramento, Calif.; and Newport Covenant Church in Seattle. A particularly cherished memory of David’s ministry was his mission work in Haiti. He served on the board of directors of Child Hope International, a multifaceted mission focused on orphaned, abandoned and needy children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He also taught at several seminaries.

David wrote two books, “The Holy Spirit and the Renewal of All Things” and “Luminous: Living the Presence and Power of Jesus.” He also authored multiple articles, including several for the Covenant Companion.

His spirit and approach to life were captured in a Nov. 2018 Companion article about battling pancreatic cancer in which he wrote: “Yes, I have cancer—and I’m happy. That’s an objective fact. I am reading a book called ‘Flourish,’ by Martin Seligman, about the psychology of human happiness. I took the happiness inventory and scored ‘happier’ than about 97 percent of the people who take the test. I’m not trying to brag. This is actually how I feel. And I have the most lethal form of cancer there is.”

He is survived by his wife, Susan; children Lauren, Spencer, Nathaniel and son-in-law Ryan; three grandchildren; father and stepmother; mother and stepfather, brother and sister-in-law.

Donations may be made to the Northwest Pacific Conference Pastor Fund or GoFundMe to help the family with expenses.

 

 

Dr. T. David Beck

 In the early hours of November 4, 2019, David Beck ended his fierce battle with pancreatic cancer and entered his eternal home with Jesus Christ. He passed quietly, surrounded by his children, siblings, parents and his wife Susan, an unwavering warrior who fought alongside him every step of the way. Throughout his ordeal, David used his disease to deepen his relationship with God, remaining grateful even as he suffered. While David will be dearly missed, his loved ones can rejoice that his pain has ended and his new life has begun. David Beck was born on May 30th, 1961 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to Tim and Doris Beck. His father was a minister, so David was given a solid Christian foundation. As a boy, he was fascinated by World War II which he quietly fought each Sunday by drawing war scenes during his father’s sermons. He was also crazy about sports, avidly collecting baseball and football cards. In high school, he excelled academically and later attended Ball State University in Indiana where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. Pastor, author, missionary, David earned his Master’s Degree at Fuller Theological Seminary and his Doctorate at Southern Methodist University. He served as an Associate Pastor at Kings Harbor Church and Life Covenant Church in Torrance, California. He was also called to teach and was invited to conduct classes in several seminaries. A particularly cherished memory of David’s ministry was his mission work in Haiti. He developed a lasting love for the children he met there. Hard to tell who ministered to whom in that moment. He then went on to become senior pastor at Sanctuary Covenant Church in Sacramento, California and here at Newport Covenant Church in Bellevue, Washington. Along the way he authored numerous articles and two books, “The Holy Spirit and the Renewal of All Things,” and Luminous: Living the Presence and Power of Jesus.” David was intellectual yet practical, passionate about what he called, “the simple way of Jesus.” Throughout his ministry, he touched the lives of thousands with the peace and hope of Christ, planting seeds that will bear fruit long after his time on earth. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan ; children: Lauren, Spencer, Nathaniel and son-in-law Ryan; grandchildren: Paxton, Ashlynd and Desmond; his father and stepmother: Tim and Dabney; his mother and stepfather: Doris and Jerry; his brother and sister-in-law: Jonathan and Tina; and his sister, Diane. Like his namesake, David was blessed by a wide emotional range. He was generous of spirit, fun-loving, energetic and empathetic. He experienced God in community, nature, and the healthy body he once had. He cared deeply about his family and the people he met. David was a man of honor who lived a life rich in relationship, permeated by laughter and steeped in love. 
 

04/27/2020 JFC