David Leestma is Minister of Worship and Music/Executive Pastor at First Covenant Church, Oakland, California. He is a commissioned Staff Minister in the area of Music Ministry by North Park Seminary of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, IL.
Before coming to the San Francisco Bay Area ten years ago, David served a similar position at New Life Community Church, Artesia, California (Reformed Church in America), and was formerly Associate Director of Music at the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, where among other duties, he served as music director and contributing composer for the “Glory of Christmas” and “Glory of Easter” productions. His collaboration with composer/playwright/lyricist Bryan Jeffery Leech since 1987 has produced published and unpublished choir anthems and songs for musical dramas. David recently produced the CD Come Share the Lord: the Music of Bryan Jeffery Leech, released in May, 2001. While in Southern California he was associated with the Orange County Master Chorale, and also served on the music faculty of Vanguard University (formerly Southern California College) in Costa Mesa. In Northern California, he has served on the executive board of the Mount Hermon Conference Center’s annual Music and Worship Conference. He is a past president of the Choral Conductor’s Guild, a national association of church musicians. Currently, he also serves on the board of the handbell ensemble Sonos, a professional group of handbell ringers based in the San Francisco Bay Area (James Meredith, artistic director), and is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association. He is a guest conductor for the Oakland Symphony Chorus Summer Sing program (Megan Soloman, artistic director.) He is also associated with Fuller Theological Seminary and its worship mentoring program, and is conference dean of Worship 2001—an annual California conference of music & worship. He is a past club president of Rotary International, and is currently a member of the Oakland Sunrise Rotary Club.
David received his undergraduate training in vocal music education at Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and his graduate training in choral conducting at California State University, Fullerton. He also received his certificate in Business Management for the Arts from the University of Southern California.
David and his wife Cathy have two children, Andrea Mann of Mountain View, CA, and John Leestma of San Leandro, CA.