Dr. Dave Laton has agreed to become a part of core leadership in the Antioch Initiative, which is under the oversight of the elders of Elmore Church of Christ in Elmore, AL. Dave is currently serving the Lord as a member of the Prattville Church of Christ in Prattville Alabama. Dave currently serves as a deacon with responsibilities for missions. He previously served as a deacon for adult education programs as well. Dave is an active teacher of God’s word in Prattville’s adult bible class programs. Dave also initiated and actively teaches in the congregation’s deaf ministry. Additionally Dave is an active teacher through Prattville’s online teaching program where he teaches in two locations of the Lord’s church in Georgetown, Guyana.
Dave is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. He served for more than 20 years in primarily education and training organizations in the Air Force. He served as a basic training instructor eventually becoming the course manager for the Air Force Basic Training School. Later he was an instructor, faculty advisor, and course director for the Non-commissioned Officers Academy at Lackland Air Force Base. He later was part of the cadre to move and establish the Air Force Officer’s Training School to Maxwell Air Force Base where he served until his retirement as the Superintendent of the Test and Measurement Division. After his retirement he has served in various business and industries as a training manager and quality engineer.
Dave’s education includes a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education Leadership from the Theological University of America, a Master’s degree in Adult Education with a concentration in curriculum design from Troy University, Montgomery. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas in Business Administration and an Associate’s Degree from the Community College of the Air Force in Education Administration and Leadership. He currently is the Assistant Director for Career and Technical Education for the Alabama Community College System. In this position he provides teacher training programs and oversees curriculum development for career and technical programs of study for Alabama’s 25 community colleges.
Dave has authored two books; “Satan’s Tactics, the War for our Hearts and Souls” and “Leadership Revealed by Jesus Christ.” Dave has also had several articles published by the Gospel Advocate on adult Bible class related topics.
Dave and his wife Lynne have been married for more than 40 years and have four daughters married to outstanding and faithful husbands. They also have 8 beautiful granddaughters.
Dave’s extensive training in teaching teachers how to teach will be a tremendous resource in church planting and meetings are taking place now to determine ways he will be able to deliver those talents in practical ways in church-planting applications in the Northeast and beyond.