My name is David Doty. I was born and raised in Northern Indiana (US). I received a B.A. in English Literature in 1980 and went on to a career in business management, including starting and co-owning three small businesses. In the middle of my business career, God called me to attend seminary. I received an M.A. in World Mission and Evangelism from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2006.
Oddly, my call to seminary was to study economics, the marketplace in Christian perspective, and Christians in marketplace vocations. After eight years’ research and writing, my first book, Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission, was published January 1, 2012 by Wipf & Stock Publishers of Oregon. The thesis of Eden’s Bridge is that the marketplace is an intended institution in creation, implicitly modeled in the creation narrative in Genesis 1-2 and vital to God’s mission in the world.
My favorite things to do are continuing research in the Bible, social and cultural development, and market economics. My current projects include seeking speaking opportunities to discuss these topics, most especially Eden’s Bridge and marketplace vocations as divine calling. I have also just started publishing Exchange: The Journal of Mission and Markets, dedicated to all who would come to the conversation including marketplace C hristians, missionaries, pastors, theologians, academics, and so on. Check it out on this web site and jump right in to the conversation!
I have been married for twenty six years. My wife and I have two grown children. We moved to the north Atlanta suburbs in Georgia in the fall of 2011. My hope is to see Christ coming daily in my own life, the lives of my sisters and brothers in Christ, and evermore into the world, to the glory of His Father.