Speaking Requests

I’m always glad to consider opportunities to partner with churches, ministries, and organizations through preaching, teaching, or lecturing.

  • To explore dates and possibilities, simply contact me with the basics of your event.
  • To extend an official invitation, please submit a Speaking Request Form at the bottom of this page.

Sample Sermons

The sermons below (audio only) represent my preaching style. Preaching, teaching, and lecturing are all different, of course, and I adjust my presentation for different contexts and age groups.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you charge a standard speaking fee?
No, but providing for our family and stewarding my time well are important priorities, so I do consider the financial impact.

When can we expect to hear back about our request?
I will reply to your initial request within three days.

What’s your preaching and teaching philosophy?
I mostly preach expository sermons — explaining the Bible verse by verse, in context, with illustrations and application. When I preach or teach on specific topics, I aim to be explicitly Bible-based. With youth, I seek to engage them with biblical clarity and relevant application rather than a constant barrage of stories, jokes, and media.

Do you use multimedia, handouts, or other communication helps?
I usually preach without media or handouts, but I may bring PowerPoint slides showing my main points and relevant Scripture texts. If I’m teaching or lecturing, I often include strategic discussion and interactive exercises, and I may use PowerPoint or (more rarely) video. I may provide handouts if the material is complex or the audience is used to having a handout. Either way, my presentations are clearly structured and conducive for personal note-taking.

Do you speak at churches?
Yes, I’m glad to preach or teach at churches.

Do you speak at youth events?
Yes, I’ve spoken at many youth events.

Do you do altar calls, invitations, or other forms of audience response?
I believe the truth calls for a response, but I’m generally against standard altar calls and invitations because they’re so intertwined with emotionalism and false assurance. If the leaders of an event want a response time at the end of a session, I usually encourage them to lead it themselves since they have a closer relationship with (and are primarily responsible for) the people in attendance. But in short, the less the suggested response time is directly related to conversion, the more I’m likely to consider participating.

We don’t just want a speaker but a pastor.
I don’t come just to speak but also to minister, fellowship, disciple, and counsel.

What Bible version do you use?
I study and teach from the ESV (English Standard Version). If there’s a strong need, I will consider using or referencing a different translation.

Can you customize your messages for our event?
Yes, for each event I either study and craft new material or refresh and customize previously prepared material.

Can you create small group questions or discussion material?
I can create short lists of small group discussions, but due to time constraints, I typically refrain from producing more detailed materials (like thorough handouts or devotional guides). I naturally provide more thorough materials in academic contexts.

Do you have a doctrinal statement?
I haven’t written a personal doctrinal statement, but I gladly subscribe to the The Baptist Faith and Message 2000. We don’t have to agree on everything for me to partner with you.

Can we get some Boyce College or Southern Seminary materials?
Yes, I’m always glad to expose audiences to the institution where I serve. I focus on teaching rather than giving strong pitches for the school, but I’m glad to answer any questions you have and connect you with available materials (e.g., brochures, academic program descriptions, promo videos). Contact our admissions department for more information.

If you can’t speak at our event, can you recommend someone else?
Yes, I can gladly recommend several friends and colleagues marked by godly character, sound doctrine, effective communication, and if needed, focused expertise.

We’d like to get to know you a bit more before we make a decision.
You can check out my bio, survey my research interests, connect on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook, or contact me to ask questions or schedule a time to talk.

Feel free to contact me with any other questions.

Biographical Information

You can use the bullet-point information below to craft a customized speaker bio, or you can simply use the formal and informal bios (along with bio photos) listed below.

  • Ministry: Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling; Seminary Track Coordinator (5-year BA-MDiv)
  • Institution: Boyce College, the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Education: BA, MDiv, ThM, PhD
  • Local Church: Fellowship Church
  • Location: Louisville, Kentucky
  • Family: Married to Cindi with four children
  • Previous Ministries: Resident Director (The Master’s College, 2002-2008); Associate Dean of Men (The Master’s College, 2008-2010); Director of Student Life Programs (Southern Seminary, 2010-2011); Director of Student Life (Boyce College, 2011-2016)

Formal Bio: Dr. David “Gunner” Gundersen (PhD, Southern Seminary) serves as an Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Gunner previously served as the Director of Student Life at Boyce College and a Resident Director and Dean of Men at The Master’s College. He’s married to Cindi and they have four children. Gunner and Cindi are members at Fellowship Church.

Informal BioDavid “Gunner” Gundersen is a professor at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s married to Cindi and they have four kids. The Gundersen’s are members at Fellowship Church. Gunner enjoys reading, writing, sports, and coming up with pithy sayings.

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