Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Ethics
Chair, Department of Practical and Intercultural Theology
David Sandifer was raised in France, where his parents served as church planters. He first put his faith in the Lord Jesus at an early age; his whole life has been a process of that faith being tested and strengthened as He grew to trust His Lord more and more. While he considered an academic path early on, David felt God leading him to pastoral ministry, and is immensely thankful for the privilege of serving in churches in the US and Australia for nearly 20 years. His heart is to see God refine Tyndale students in their love for Him, and equip them for a lifetime of empowered ministry that will bear fruit for eternity. He also has a particular passion to see Christians given the spiritual discernment and intellectual framework to successfully engage and counter the totalizing secular claims of the West.
David is married to his heart, ministry and intellectual companion, Cathie, who is Australian. He has two children, Annabelle and Josiah. They are a constant source of delight to him, and his chief pastime when he is not reading books.
Columbia International University (2 years, no degree)
B.A., Philosophy, Wheaton College
M.Div., Trinity School for Ministry
M. Phil., Historical Studies, University of Cambridge
Ph.D., History, University of Cambridge
Areas of Academic Interest
Pastoral ministry; homiletics; theology of marriage and family; ecclesiology; forming a Christian mind; character formation; theology of vocation and work; history of evangelicalism; Christian response to secularism.
Current Administrative Responsibilities
Chair, Department of Intercultural Studies and Practical Ministries
Admissions Committee Member
Director of Internships
Professional and Ministry Experience
Youth Pastor, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania, USA
Youth Minister, All Souls Episcopal Church, Florida, USA
Rector, Calvary Anglican Church, Florida, USA
Associate Pastor, Trinity Chapel Macquarie, Sydney, Australia
New South Wales Director, FamilyVoice Australia, Sydney, Australia
Rector, St Alban’s Anglican Church, Leura, Australia
Adjunct Lecturer, Christ College (Presbyterian Theological College), Sydney, Australia