David McCollum

Minister of Music

Dave began his career as a high school Band/Choral Director, finishing 28 years of teaching in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. In 2017, he completed a Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) from the Robert Webber Institute of Worship Studies (IWS) in Jacksonville, FL.

He has held music ministry positions for the past 23 years in Baptist (CBF) and Presbyterian (PCUSA) churches in Elkin and Blowing Rock, NC. David is a composer of choral anthems and hymns, published by Mark Foster Music, a division of the Hal Leonard Publications and World Library Publications (WLP). He is also a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

David is married to Jamie, a retired elementary school librarian. They have two adult children. Their daughter, Brittany, teaches Choral Music at Davie High School and is the Director of Music Ministries at Clemmons Presbyterian Church. She and her husband Dan live in Winston-Salem. David and Jamie’s son, Kenton, is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University and works for High Country Community Health in Boone, NC. They have two granddaughters, Luna (3) and Raelyn (6 months) who happen to be practically perfect in every way (Mary Poppins reference). David and Jamie also have three “Grandpuppies,” Missy and Chip (Dan and Brittany) and Bo (Kenton), who succeed in keeping everyone entertained.

What do you like most about winter in the high country?

“The majesty and grace of the snow covered mountains. Driving in the snow is also fun because my mom never let me do that when I was a teenager. Even now she ‘suggests’ I should stay home. Sorry, Mom!”

What is your Favorite Candy?

“My favorite candy is Mounds.”

Why did you choose Rumple?

“I found Rumple when I heard of the opening for the Director of Music and called the church to recommend one of my former students who was studying Organ at App State. It didn’t work out for him, but I began a conversation that resulted in taking the position. The original plan was to commute for three years until my wife retired and then move to the High Country. Due to other family members’ relocation and becoming comfortable with the commute, I decided to stay, and the church keeps getting better and better. I’m very happy at Rumple!”