Love without limits
The Rev. David Range, Miramar United Methodist Church
FL-fv-qa-david-052610a Profile of Pastor David Range, Miramar United Methodist Church.Photo/Michael Francis McElroy, for the South Floirda Sun-Sentinel (Michael Francis, Sun Sentinel / May 27, 2010)
Other community posts: Vice president of Bold Justice, a social action group in Broward County.
Education: Degree in economics, Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), Westminster, Md.; master's degree in divinity, Drew Theological School.
Personal: 52 years old. Born in New Orleans, raised in Maryland.
Family: Married to the Rev. C.J. Walter, pastor of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Margate. Two children.
How do you operate Bold Justice?
We have a house meeting where people can talk about situations in lives. We then vote in September on one or two issues to address for the year. In April, we have a Nehemiah Action, where we meet with community leaders on what to do with the issues.
What's your emphasis this year?
The issue is crime and police relations. We had representatives from city police departments. We told them that victims of crime often don't feel free to report. We talked about how to improve relations with police departments.
You've spent time in Ireland and Jamaica, and you're now at a mainly Caribbean church. Does that complicate a ministry?
(Laughs) Yes. We went to Drew Theological School, and the president of the Methodist Church in Ireland asked us to do a one-year stint there. My wife and I took that; then we felt called to go overseas.
We were sent by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries to Jamaica for three years. Then the Irish church asked us to come back for a longer term. We served two churches there for 16 years, then returned to America in 2003.
With your wife as a pastor too, is it hard to avoid talking shop at dinnertime?
It's good to talk about our work and support each other. And we can go to United Methodist district events together.
You also preach a chil0dren's sermon?
We have a children's time in the service. I once used a yo-yo and showed that the string brings it back into my hand. Then I said that God lets us do different things in life, but he can draw us back to himself.
How do you like to relax?
I like to read and exercise at a gym. I like to spend time with my wife and travel. I like to visit museums and see new things.
What's the best museum you've been to?