About Me

My name is David Bonner. I am a guy on a journey, burned by fundagelicalism and walking my way through modern Christianity and wrestling with all its baggage.

My history is storied. I grew up in the Roman Catholic faith, and looked into Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in college. I was involved in Fresno Evangelical Free Church (today the Bridge) in 1999-2000, and Campus Crusade for Christ at Fresno State in 1999-2000. I moved to Milwaukee for education and helped plant a Crusade Chapter at Marquette University (2000-2002). In Milwaukee my church home was Wooded Hills Bible Church outside Germantown from 2002-2005. I became a member of Wooded Hills, that is the only church to date where I have been a member. I also attended Elmbrook’s 20 Something Program as well. In Washington, D.C. I attended National Community Church, McLean Bible and was baptized at Fairfax Community Church. I had a prolonged faith crisis that consumed half my thirties. And against this crisis I was unsuccessfully invited to a former Sovereign Grace Ministries Church called Redeemer Arlington.

Personally I am a nerd for history, theology, and trains. I like to joke around and have fun. My pet peeves are fundamentalism, fundamentalism 2.0 (Neo-Calvinism) and seeing people harmed by religion. Feel free to email me, if you live in the Washington, D.C. area I would be happy to meet you.






Grew up in Fresno – Roman Catholic (until 1994)

Exploring Mormonism in Montana (1995-1996)

Charismatic Catholicism/Roman Catholicism (1997-1999)

Campus Crusade Fresno State (1999-2000)

Fresno Evangelical Free (1999-2000)

Move to Wisconsin

Campus Crusade Marquette University (2000-2002)

Wooded Hills Bible Church (2002-2005)

Elmbrook Church Activities (2002-2005)


Move to the Washington, D.C. Area

National Community Church 2005-2009

McLean Bible “Frontline” 2005-2009


Faith Crisis and Exploring Atheism 2009-2013

Unsuccessfully Recruited to Redeemer Arlington 2011-2013


May 8, 2013 hit bottom; came when I was working out of a faith crisis. Sought forgiveness from 140 people from May 2013 until June 2014 (still working it BTW…)

Fairfax Community Church 2012-2014

13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Wow, I can relate. I hope your struggles have given you more trust in Christ as you Lord and Savior. I tried myself to flee my trust in Christ because I was so disappointed by the unkindness of his followers but I could not. I pray it is the same for you.

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  2. I was sad and disappointed to hear about the Elverson church situation. You mention Dave, Merle, and Verna Stoltzfus but I was wondering why Esther and Carol were not referenced in the coverage?

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  3. Thanks for the website. Stay strong and keep your eyes on Him. I know, personally, that you can find the best and the worst of people in Christian groups. Don’t let the tares blind you to the wheat. We are out there and you’ll know us by our fruits as I can tell by yours. Its frustrating, heartbreaking, and sometimes you wonder how messed up this all is if we’re all supposedly living out the same faith, but there are pockets of great people and sometimes just single people you’ll meet to encourage you to keep the faith. Follow Him and you’ll be just fine:)

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  4. I was raised in a Catholic home. My parents were God fearing people who taught me right from wrong. I discovered The Word of God- His love letters to us on my own, I studied the true history of the New Testament church from Christ’s day thru to the the 17th century and later. I saw that man distorts the truth to further his own agenda. Jesus NEVER said that men should be celibate. That something mystical happens when you celebrate the Last Supper. this is not what Jesus intended. Arrogant men made that part up. Jesus also said forgive 70×70 and that ” Revenge is mine” sayeth The Lord”. We are to go to our brother alone and or with another brother in Christ and help them when needed. It is not the mark of a well educated, and wise man who spends his time adding to the potential pain of others. A true Disciple of Christ does not use this type of Rhetoric on the internet and spend his time trying to find other miserable people to whine with him. Read the new Biography of Eric Liddell, a man who had a heart to please God first. You will not find peace in a search to destroy others.

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  5. Francesca,
    Is there a certain story that is troubling you?
    Usually, an exhaustive Matthew 18 process unfolds behind the scenes before something goes public.
    God does call us to expose evil deeds. (Eph. 5)
    And warn of evil elders (I Tim. 5)
    The steps taken are laid out in Scripture… never fun, but sometimes needed so that vulnerable sheep do not get fed upon by the wolves of some churches.

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  6. This blog is very troubling. It seems to be written by someone very self absorbed and does not reflect an interest in building up the Body of Christ, but rather to tear it down. Please check Paul’s advise to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:8-19. The writer seems to be viewing his life through his ” rear view mirror” and looking for events to justify his own “feeling” focused mind set. To be attempting to rake up stories that should be left to personal struggles he is using this vehicle to create dissension among the brethren. i.a.s Colorado


    • 4larspolly: You are missing the point. This is an author’s introduction/bio. It is necessarily about the author. I think you might lighten up on the judgement thing a bit.

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  7. Pingback: Reviewing an Old Eric Simmons Article on 9 Marks’s Regarding Missional Life; Did Redeemer Arlington Live this out with an Agnostic at the Time? | Wondering Eagle

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