J. David Tate`s Resume
JONATHAN “DAVID” TATE
832.868.8643 • [email protected]
LinkedIn.com/in/jdavidtate • sermon recordings at sonspots.org/preaching
I became a Christian at a young age, but it was not until much later in life that
I felt the Lord’s call on my heart to be a pastor. My wife of ten years, Lydia,
and I have made a substantial lifestyle adjustment to answer this call, and are
excited to be pursuing what the Lord has begun to lay out before us.
I am passionate about teaching scripture, encouraging and challenging the
church to grow, exercise faith, and share the Good News to empty and hurting
hearts. We desire to serve the Lord with humility and enthusiasm.
My wife is passionate about church music and choir, is classically trained in
piano and voice, and graduated with a degree in Music Education. She also is
interested in women’s ministry as well as the care and education of our three
boys, Joshua (5/03), William (9/06), and Josiah (6/08).
Experienced in teaching and volunteering in numerous capacities.
• Executive Director of SONlight, a non-profit organization with international exposure. Transitioned organization
from being a simple founder run ministry to being a growing ministry receiving more visibility and involvement
in new opportunities. Manage production and distribution of radio messages broadcast 575,000 times a year with
a market value of over $24,000,000 in donated air time. Also have served on Board of Directors since 2005.
Experienced in preaching, teaching several Sunday school classes, Bible studies: - sermons online at
sonspots.org/preaching - References - Magnolia Bible Church: Pastor Scot Wall 281-382-4546, Trinity Memorial
Baptist Church: Doug Porter 254-498-8339 - teaching recordings online at sonspots.org/teaching
Served as Yokefellow (deacon in training) and with several committees at Wilcrest Baptist Church. 2002-2011
Taught monthly Bible study for Houston International Christian Fellowship. 2010 to 2011
Served frequently in children’s ministry events at Wilcrest Baptist Church, Master of Ceremonies and planning
fund-raising, served in additional events such as Vacation Bible School, festivals, and Sunday school
Supervised audiovisual ministry at Wilcrest Baptist Church. 2004-2010
Participated in national/international mission trips and service projects with Wilcrest Baptist Church.
Leader in AWANA youth club for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys at Wilcrest Baptist Church. Also implemented
and direced the annual AWANA Grand Prix race for all children. 2007-2011.
Coached and mentored Jr. High and Varsity basketball teams for HCYA nationally ranked teams. 1997-1999
Served for 6 weeks in Canillá, Guatemala. Taught missionary children and assisted in clinic and outreach. 1997
Experienced in multiple fields; consistently serving as a leader with a strong background in business management,
analysis, customer relations and service, communication, and creativity. Exemplary work and reputation, identify
opportunities to increase efficiency and service, and to analyze, design, and implement systems to accomplish goals.
Focused on service, analyzing procedures and processes, innovation, and improving operations and profits. Proficient
in quick analysis and creative problem solving as well as effective communication. Very skilled at quickly learning and
understanding new tasks, concepts, hardware, and software.
1998 – 1999 & 2005 – present
Non-profit radio ministry founded in 1977: produce programs aired on 1600+ stations in 50 states and 22 countries.
Executive Director 2009-present
Manage organization and provide direction and implementation of goals and tasks, and work with Board of
Directors. Connect and cooperate with other organizations, and arrange opportunities and give presentations to
groups large and small. Fill multiple roles to accomplish operations and ministry goals.
Rebranded radio messages with more effective format and presentation, and brought production quality up to
contemporary standards. Created online portal for archive of radio messages and developed methods of digital
distribution to listeners.
Write, direct, record, edit and produce Bible study messages, evangelism message, interviews, and special
programs. Analyzed and modernized dated processes and increased efficiencies.
Solely redesigned and implemented new SONspots.org website with a hundred-fold improvement in content
and usage, increased web exposure and engage further participation.
Design, write, and publish monthly full-color newsletters via mail and email. Increased distribution, content,
and effectiveness of communicating with supporters and organizations.
2005 – 2009
Oversaw editing of all five-minute radio spots and interviews. In charge of installing, configuring, and
maintaining wireless network, office computers, and sound equipment.
Reduced audio-editing times tenfold by establishing advanced digital editing techniques.
1998 – 1999
1999 – 2011
Managed photography business with a focus on weddings. Oversaw all business aspects of marketing, sales,
organization, and communicating with prospective and current clients. Extensive experience in customer
relations, communication, and photography of many types. References online: TatePhotography.com/references
Designed and manage online portfolio for wedding, portrait, and art photography.
REYNOLDS AND REYNOLDS
2001 – 2009
Change Management Tech Specialist
Responsible for support and problem solving of customer hardware and software related issues. Coordinated all
client hardware system upgrades with numerous departments, including writing client and internal
documentation, and creating documentation standards. Analyzed, investigated, and resolved slow systems.
Solely analyzed processes and learned new skills to design, program, launch, and administer secure database:
saving $100,000+ in efficiencies and customer satisfaction.
Managed an extensive solo project of researching, compiling, writing, indexing, and maintaining 200+ page
documentation; which became the standard reference for multiple departments.
Responsible for after-hours issues, including communication, unexpected and planned events.
Set customer service records and was consistently a leader in service metrics. Was the only recipient of two
awards for outstanding service and exemplary performance.
GEORGE W. TRUETT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY BAYLOR UNIVERSITY - WACO, TEXAS
Master of Divinity degree - anticipated graduation in 2015
HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY - HOUSTON, TEXAS
BA - Business & Speech Communications
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a cumulative GPA of 3.77/4.0
Continuous member of Honor Roll, Dean’s List, and National Dean’s List; Who’s Who Among America’s
College Students; Member of national leadership honors society – Omicron Delta Kappa; Member of Christian
men’s fraternity - Beta Upsilon Chi; served on Ministry Leadership Council; served as Resident Assistant;
member and co-leader of Masterpiece drama ministry; Pack Leader for incoming freshman orientation.
Endowed Academic Scholarship from HBU, Business Scholarship from the College of Business at HBU, Micah
McGlory Scholarship Award from Homeschool Christian Youth Association (highest recognition of exemplary
Christian character and leadership while pursuing excellence in service, academics, athletics, and the arts)
Monty Jones: Music Minister of Maplewood First Baptist Church, 337-563-1804 - [email protected]
Brian Pitre: Former Associate Pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church, 832-289-7777 - [email protected]
Jeff Adams: Minister of Spiritual Growth at Wilcrest Baptist Church, 713-501-3637 - [email protected]
Scott Lester: Mentor, 281-844-5317 - [email protected]
letters of recommendation online at sonspots.org/recommendations - teaching recordings online at sonspots.org/teaching