Rev David Whiting reaches New Heights

first_imgWhen the Rev. David Whiting moved to Ridgefield to become New Heights Church’s new lead pastor, he found a much different climate than his former home of Houston. This time of year, the Northwest often boasts blue skies and mild temperatures while Texas starts getting uncomfortably hot and humid.The two areas also have contrasting religious climates. In the South, he said, the assumption is that everyone goes to church.“The Northwest is similar to upstate New York,” said Whiting, who spent more than 20 years pastoring at Northridge Church in Rochester, N.Y. “There’s a lot more tendency for people not to attend church than to attend church.”As a pastor, it requires a different approach, he said.“We don’t assume everyone understands the Bible or even believes the Bible,” Whiting said. “When you show up at New Heights, you might not buy in yet. You might just be checking it out, and we’re glad you’re here. Every person needs to deal with questions of life and death and eternity and ‘What do I believe?’ So, we want to help people walk through that journey.”The 50-year-old has been the lead pastor at New Heights for about three months, having taken over for retired pastor Matt Hannan. New Heights is one of the largest churches in Clark County with four locations.For his first Easter in front of New Heights, the weekend’s running theme is a skeptic’s guide to Easter. He hopes those who come to a service feel like they’re part of a conversation rather than at a lecture or presentation.last_img read more