Dr. Dave Tilma
Dave was born in Canada but raised in the Midwest. After turning his life over to Jesus in Jr. High, he experienced a call to full-time ministry. Dave married his high-school sweetheart, Rebecca, and graduated from the University of Northwestern St. Paul. His early ministry years were focused on students and young adults. In 2009, Dave and Rebecca moved to Madison Wisconsin to plant a new church in a post-Christian city. After establishing the church and installing Elders, Dave took a call to a growing, urban, multi-site church in Milwaukee, WI in 2015. Pastor Dave’s heart for God’s Word is made clear in his preaching, conversations, and approach to ministry. He loves good coffee, great conversations, playing pickleball, hiking, reading, the beach, and spending time with his family.
My wife, Sheri, and I have two daughters, Pam and Peg, who both attended Blackhawk Christian School. We have a son-in-law, Brandon, married to Pam, and their 3 daughters, Analise, Maisie, and Sadie. They live in Kearney, Nebraska while Peg resides in Ft. Worth, Texas. I am a retired music educator having taught at Jefferson Middle School for 40 years. I also coached track and volleyball at the school, plus 22 years of club volleyball, and 15 years as a volleyball official. We began attending Blackhawk in 1976 where I served in the music ministry, being a part of the choir, Blackhawk Singers, and the Mensingers Quartet. In 1992, we felt called to be a part of a new church plant in Ft. Wayne. We were involved in that ministry until 2016 when we felt the Lord’s leading us to return to Blackhawk. We are also staff volunteers for Turning Point Ministries and Dr. Jeremiah. In addition, I direct our Brass and Woodwind band and serve at the Welcome Desk. It is a joy and honor to serve this body of believers as we continue to carry out the vision of Lighting the One Five.