Though raised in a peace tradition, it wasn’t until the last decade that David has become and advocate for everyday peacemaking. After a trip to Israel/Palestine David became intrigued by models of peacemaking that bring reconciliation and wholeness to people and communities. David has served the Friends Church at both local and denominational levels in several locations throughout his career. Joining the staff at Friendswood Friends Church (Houston) in 2000, he has been that church’s Senior Pastor since 2005.
David graduated with a degree in Management and Organizational Development from Tabor College in Kansas and received a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the vice-president of the board for Family Promise of Clear Creek, the local affiliate of a national homeless ministry, and also serves as a volunteer Chaplain for the Friendswood Police Department.
David resides in Friendswood, TX with his wife Rochelle, the owner of Friendswood Family Counseling. They have four grown children of whom he is immensely proud.
Katie serves as the board treasurer for Seek The Peace. She maintains oversight over Seek’s finances as the organization’s certified public accountant, a role she has filled since 2012.
Katie has a background in both public accounting and industry, most recently serving as a financial analyst for one of Dallas’ premier law firms. Katie received her masters degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University. Prior to graduate school, she graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University. She is a mother to three sons, her most important and fulfilling role to date.
Kevin Perkins serves as the board secretary for Seek The Peace. Mr. Perkins received his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2005. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Perkins attended Texas A&M University where he received his undergraduate degree in Forestry. He is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow), Dallas Bar Association, and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
Mr. Perkins was named by Law & Politics as an outstanding young lawyer in 2011. Texas Rising Stars magazine, a designation given to lawyers under 40 who are viewed by their colleagues as preeminent in their respective practice areas. Mr. Perkins has a concentration in general civil litigation, with particular emphasis on commercial litigation, in state and federal courts.
Jason serves as the President and Executive Director of Seek The Peace (SEEK). In the fall of 2008, Jason founded Seek after returning from Asia, where, through his work in the private sector, created sustainable opportunities for underserved populations through multiple business and humanitarian projects.
Through his experiences in Asia, Jason grew to understand the urgency surrounding critical needs, the relevance of context-specific solutions; the importance of sustainability; and the great responsibility of people who enjoy freedom, peace, and justice in facilitating the solutions to such global needs.
Jason holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.A. in Law and Society from The Pennsylvania State University. His professional focus includes conflict transformation and the role of forgiveness and reconciliation in peace-building, forced migration, the Middle East region and the Arabic language.