Rev. Dr. David Bahr


pastor@parkhillchurch.org 

David has served Park Hill since November 2007, after serving an inner-city congregation in Cleveland for 15 years. Originally from a farm in North Dakota, David earned a B.A. from Dakota Wesleyan University (religion/philosophy and communication/theatre majors), an M.Div. from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  His D.Min. research was an extensive study of Openly Gay and Lesbian Pastors Called by Predominantly Straight UCC Congregations—of which he was one of the first in the country when he was called to Archwood UCC in Cleveland and ordained in 1993. He also worked for the UCC national offices—the Office for Church in Society in DC and the Hunger Action Office in Cleveland. He served churches in Wishek, North Dakota, and in Letcher and Loomis, South Dakota.

David Bahr 2020

David and his husband Art met when Art was a TV reporter covering an event at his Cleveland church. One creative and fun fundraising event held David "hostage" each year in the church steeple and released him when the goal was met to collect food and funds for the neighborhood hunger center - 30 tons in 14 years, and thousands of dollars in cash.  For that, David was named one of Cleveland's 50 Most Interesting People.

In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, David teaches UCC History at Iliff School of Theology, loves to hike in the mountains, and travel to such places as Thailand, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka—25 countries and counting! 

Below you can click on Weekly Sermons to find an archive of David's work or watch sermons on our YouTube channel.

WEEKLY SERMONS