David Allen Peterson



David Allen Peterson

February 24, 1946 – March 8, 2019

Preceded in death by son, Benjamin; parents, Henry and Ruth; brother, Daniel; sister, Diane Jangula.  Survived by wife, Carol; daughters, Joy Brand (Tracy) and Dawn Burrow (Matt); five grandchildren; brother, Dana Peterson; sisters, Darlene Anderson (Lyle) and Denise Blumenshein (Lyle).

VISITATION: Thursday, March 14th from 10am to 11am at the West Center Chapel, followed by SERVICES at 11am.  Private Interment.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

David Allen Peterson was born in Minneapolis, MN on February 24, 1946 to Henry and Ruth Peterson. He grew up in Crystal, MN, attended Forest Elementary School, and graduated from Robbinsdale High School in 1964. As a young boy, Dave attended the Covenant Church, and at the age of 12, knew the Lord was calling him into the ministry. However, it wasn’t until he was in high school that some Christian students confronted him with the Gospel. For two years he struggled, but then, at 17 years old, as he was reading Romans 10, he turned to Christ and trusted Him as his Savior. A year later, he was baptized in Mud Lake and joined Plymouth Baptist Church. He graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in 1968, then continued studying at Central Baptist Seminary, graduating in 1975 with a Master of Divinity. He met Carol Swenson at Pillsbury and they were married in St. Paul, MN on June 19, 1971. Dave and Carol have three children: Joy, Dawn and Ben.

Dave was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by Emmaus Baptist Church on October 9, 1982. Dave faithfully served the Lord in seven different churches: Prior Lake Baptist Church, Prior Lake, MN, Emmaus Baptist Church, Golden Valley, MN, First Baptist Church, Rochelle, IL, Assistant Pastor at Ashburn Baptist Church, Chicago, IL, Westside Baptist Church, Pueblo, CO, Temple Baptist Church, Lincoln, NE, and Karen Street Baptist Church, Omaha, NE. He retired in September 2017, after 46 years in ministry.

Throughout his ministry, Dave was faithful in proclaiming the Word of God in truth and without apology. He had a heart for people…he had a shepherd’s heart. Some of his favorite verses are:

Philippians 2:12-16: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”

I Corinthians 4:2: “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”



  • Sue Spurlock Posted March 10, 2019 2:39 pm

    Carol, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry to hear of David’s passing.

  • Bernard Scott Posted March 10, 2019 7:07 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of the death or your husband and father, I enjoyed his preaching at FBC Rochelle IL very much. He was a very good pastor. He was the first to build a positive church bank account. I was very sorry to see him leave Rochelle. I am also surprised to hear of his passing. I didn’t realize he was as old as at he was. But hearing of his death I suspect the last few years have been hard on him and his family. It is great to know we will see him again in heaven.

  • dennis tresselt Posted March 11, 2019 10:59 am

    so sorry to hear about your brother dar. god bless you and the family.

  • Edwin Anderson Posted March 11, 2019 11:36 am

    Dear Carol and family, May God’s grace, mercy, and peace be yours. Ginger and I felt sorrow when we received word of David’s passing. When I think of my brother in Christ, these Scriptures come to mind: he gave attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine, … meditated upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that his profiting may appear to all,,,, He took heed unto himself, and unto doctrine; and continued in them; for in doing this he shall both save himself, and them that heard him” (adjusted as a tribute to my brother in Christ’s ministry found in 1st Timothy 4:13, 15, 16). David was dedicated to Christian ministry, helpful and thoughtful on the NARBC Council of 8, did a great job of hosting Spring Bible Conferences, finished well in serving our Lord, and was good friend.

  • Mona Posted March 12, 2019 7:07 pm

    Carole, I am so sorry to hear about a Pastor Peterson. He was a caring person. I will always remember him, he did my baptism. Will be thinking about you. .Hugs to you. Mona

  • Marty and Sarah Brennan Posted March 13, 2019 1:02 pm

    So sorry for your loss. We loved Padtor Peterson and wish we were able to travel for the funeral, but can’t at this time. We are thinking of you and praying for you at this time.

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