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.”