meet my twisted youth pastor

david & jenny brockman have been with us now nine months.  they are starting a youth ministry from scratch (and i mean, literally from scratch) and several people have enquired about them lately.  jenny is witty and gregarious, and everyone in the fellowship loves her.  i think the best way to express how i feel about david is to attach a couple of links he recently sent me.  check these out and you will see that david is truly special.

“the worst best man ever”  (


In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in  Kenya after graduating from  Northwestern  University ..   

On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air.

The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully.

He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it.

As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife

after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.

The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments
Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled

Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. 
Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. 

As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and

walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing.

The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down.

The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.

Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant.

Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing, and made his way into the enclosure.

He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder

The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs

and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.




Probably wasn’t the same elephant.




3 thoughts on “meet my twisted youth pastor

  1. You know, you are only “twisted” if the people around you act in a completely different manner… so judging by our youth (cough, and the pastor, cough, cough) David seems pretty normal!

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