Pastor and Treasurer
Pastor David started life in Rochester, New York. As a young man he entered the U.S. Army and completed 10 years of service. He settled in Colorado in 1994 and worked from that time until 2004 as a business analyst for some large organizations. Then in 2004 he started his own business through 2012. Married to his wonderful wife and co-pastor Nancy Buckner, they have one son Derek who is a U.S. Marine and a beautiful grandchild Aubrey. Pastor David graduated from Global University/Berean School of the Bible and is licensed through Marilyn Hickey Ministries and Orchard Road Christian Center after completing their Minister in Training School. David and Nancy planted House of Purpose Church on East Colfax on Easter 2013.
David was born again in 1982 in Rochester, New York, as a result of Nicky Cruz sharing the gospel at the Rochester War Memorial. David was chasing adrenaline and leading others into a very dangerous, destructive, and often violent street lifestyle. He was seeing many of his young friends die. Prior to becoming born again someone gave him the book The Cross and the Switch Blade (by David Wilkerson and John and Elizabeth Sherrill) to read. He knew the Lord was speaking to him about his life and trying to reach him. At the Nicky Cruz event he felt compelled to go down to the altar. Nicky Cruz put his hands on David’s shoulders and started praying over him. He was delivered of much that night.
Over the years before becoming a pastor, David was in leadership in the small groups at Orchard Road Christian Center. He led the Men of Purpose group for several years. He established a Kingdom Business Alliance chapter in the Denver Tech Center. He started the New Commandment Ministry at Orchard Road Christian Center which ministered to widows and single mothers by performing home and car maintenance for them at their houses. In addition David was the Veterans Ministry liaison while at ORCC. As a veteran himself David has always had a heart for the veterans’ community. He is a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.
David felt the call to pastor for many years. While at Orchard Road Christian Center he joined the Minister in Training School and was given the opportunity to speak at various churches. In 2013 God opened up a door to plant a new church in the Disabled American Veterans building on East Colfax. House of Purpose was birthed. The mission of House of Purpose is to resurrect the purpose, passion, and dreams of individuals in the community and also to serve those who have served. In addition, as an avid motorcycle rider, David has a heart to reach one-percenters and other bikers and is an active member of the Christian Riders Motorcycle Ministry.
Strategically located in Denver but just blocks from Aurora, House of Purpose brings God’s light to East Colfax in the heart of a neighborhood struggling with poverty, homelessness, addiction, and violence. There on one the most violent streets in the country David lead teams in street and motel ministry. He and his teams often find many people who are MIA from an everyday productive life and estranged from their families, dealing with emotional struggles, mental illness, and often are self-medicating. David firmly believes that God has planted House of Purpose because He cares for each individual. He is the Good Shepherd who wants to leave the ninety-nine sheep in the fold and go in search of the one lost sheep. Through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit people are transformed and receive new hope and passion for life. As they spend time in God’s presence, they find out the purpose for which God created them.
Pastor Nancy is a Colorado native who grew up in Lakewood. Nancy was a Baptist Church girl, and asked the Lord to be her Savior at the young age of 5. As Nancy grew older she wanted to see what it was like on the other side of the fence. After college she worked as a software engineer for Motorola in Phoenix. She got to travel and do many different things. Something was missing though. While life looked good on the outside, she was filled with loneliness and emptiness. But God had a plan. The year she turned 30 she moved back to Denver and also met some new friends who introduced her to the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and life as she knew it changed completely.
Nancy began working at Marilyn Hickey Ministries as a Prayer Warrior who prayed with people over the phone. It was while working there that she met Pastor David. They were married in 2007. Nancy continues to serve as Executive Director of Operations at Marilyn Hickey Ministries and Sarah Bowling –Living Genuine Love.
Nancy’s passion is House of Purpose. She loves to make sure everyone feels loved and included. Nancy also has a passion for studying the Word of God. The Word is alive and powerful and meant to be prayed and declared every day. She would love to have you come to House of Purpose so you can find out what the Word of God and the Holy Spirit can do to fulfill your purpose and transform your life.
Linda was a social work major in college in Nebraska, where she came to the Lord. After moving to the Denver area, a pastor mentioned the need for Christian foster homes, and that was really the perfect fit. Linda and her husband Milo were foster-parents for 25 years to mostly teenage girls. Linda and her husband have 4 of their own children. Being a mother has been the greatest joy and privilege of her life.
God brought Linda to House of Purpose. Being a part of a ministry which reaches out to the streets feels like an extension of parenting and has been very fulfilling. As a parent/foster-parent, finding resources to help with different needs was something she was continually doing. With House of Purpose, one of her primary responsibilities is locating helpful resources from housing, jobs, medical help…anything from A-Z. Metro-Denver is rich in resources. Christian books are a great encouragement and help, and are another resource category which she oversees.
Linda always takes time to listen, pray and encourage. She loves to welcome new people and help them feel at home.
After serving in the Military in the mid-seventies, Max came to Denver to attend an Aviation Degree program. In the second term, he dropped out to “get a job” and deal with his difficulties adjusting to life in the USA. That adjustment didn’t come for years and in the meantime, he strayed further and further from God. He thought the “party life” was the real way for himself.
Early on, growing up, he had been exposed to the things of God while being reared by his grandparents but quickly got into worldly living during the high school years and was soon reaping as he was sowing...he had good intentions but a lifestyle of proud living, without faith in God, eventually took its toll… he was lost without God and hurting. After many years of prodigal existence, at the right time, God showed up in a certain and miraculous way to save him. He had become a parent and that’s when God began transforming him. First, he started going to a neighborhood E Free Church (where he received baptism by immersion) and afterwards went to Calvary Chapel Churches which to this day he still supports.
After several years, in the summer of 2014, while he served with The Christian Riders in Faith Motorcycle Ministry, he met Pastor David Buckner and a little later his wife pastor Nancy Buckner, when he came to visit House of Purpose in 2015. He serves today as an Elder to the church.
It is his desire to obey God, as He leads him, to help and support all who desire to come to know, worship and walk with God through our Savior JESUS, (The One and Only) CHRIST.
He invites you come meet him at House of Purpose and together to know and explore the bounty of God’s Blessings for all.