Dave grew up on a farm in Kersey, Colorado. The youngest of thirteen children, Dave learned many of life's valuable lessons through hard work and love. His strict father taught him discipline and his gentle mother taught him love. Dave says in his book 'Faith, Believe It or Not', "The training I received growing up on a large farm let me see how God operates through many practical experiences." (Photo - Dave's family, 1941 - Dave is 4 years old)
Two specific incidents influenced Dave in his early years to bring him to where he is today. One event happened when he was twelve years old. He spent a week at a Bible camp in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and heard the testimony of a missionary from the Congo of Africa. That week Dave accepted Jesus into his life and from then on had a heart for missions. The other event happened when he was fifteen years old. One day by a hay bale out in the field, Dave knelt down and asked God for the privilege of being wealthy enough to support five hundred missionaries and this prayer has stayed vivid in his mind and influenced his life to this very day.
Later, when he graduated from high school, he chose to go to North Park Junior College in Chicago, Illinois, to put some distance between himself and the farm chores and to find a wife! God answered his prayers and he met and later married Bonnie McCartney from Chicago, Illinois. He brought her home to live on the ranch in Kersey, Colorado. (Photo - Dave and Bonnie Duell, 1959)
God blessed them with three lovely daughters, Tamara, Juli, and Darla. Later they adopted a beautiful little Korean girl and named her Sarah. As Dave and Bonnie raised their girls, they taught them the love of Jesus and were very involved in their church. (Photo - Duell family, 1977)
When Dave was thirty-one years old, his desire to know the Holy Spirit personally, began to increase. One night he was invited to a Full Gospel Businessmen's meeting in Denver, Colorado. That night he asked for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the power of God actually came into his life. It was the beginning of many adventures!
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The Story of Faith Ministries
Dave and Bonnie maintained their cattle ranch but also began testifying everywhere about the love and power of Jesus. During these years of following God, they learned to release miracles to others, bring deliverance to those in bondage and walk in the joy of the Lord. They eventually began Bible studies in a home, which by 1978 evolved into a church in Greeley, Colorado. Years before, the Lord had spoken to Dave, "I am giving you a ministry called Faith Ministries," thus the new church was named Faith Ministries Fellowship.
Their international ministry began in 1980, when Dave and Bonnie took a team from their church to Kenya, East Africa. It was the beginning of many trips and crusades around the world. (Photo - Kenya Crusade, 1980)
Dave and Bonnie served as senior pastors of this growing congregation until 1992 when they were called by God to start another Faith Ministries church in Denver, Colorado. Now, this congregation is touching the Denver area and the world with the love and joy of Jesus. It is called Faith Ministries Church International.
Today, Dave and Bonnie's family has grown to include sons-in-law and many grandchildren. Their spiritual family has grown to include many nations.
History of FMIN
Dave and Bonnie have traveled to seventy-two nations bringing healing, encouragement, and joy. Over and over they find themselves being spiritual parents to pastors and ministry leaders that they meet everywhere they go.
In 1998, God re-birthed a desire in Dave and Bonnie to join together with other leaders in the Body of Christ and form a network that could pool the resources of its partners and facilitate the advancement of the Kingdom of God beyond the ability of a single person. They began by forming an Apostolic Team as an extension of their anointing and ministry. This team is available to the network partners for training, encouragement, counsel and resource referral.
Today, FMIN has grown to over ninety partners, representing hundreds of churches and ministries in twenty-two countries.
Faith Ministries Is About
Being a relationally oriented family
Keeping it simple: love God and love each other!
Experiencing God's power and love through grace
Simply receiving what God has done for us through His
Son Jesus Christ and living the abundant life!
Joining together to fulfill our God-given destinies