DSTAAL2016David Staal currently serves as president of Kids Hope USA, a fast-growing national non-profit organization that partners local churches with local elementary schools. Kids Hope USA trains churches to provide mentors for at-risk students, and is America’s largest faith-based mentoring program.

Staal began his career in corporate marketing. After thirteen years in the business world, he became the communications director for Willow Creek Community Church. This role involved hands-on leadership for Willow’s publications and creative design areas, as well as serving as the church’s spokesperson. Following this assignment he served as children’s ministry director until his departure for Kids Hope USA.

Staal has published ve previous titles, all through Harper Collins Christian Publishing / Zondervan:

  • Lessons Kids Need to Learn (2012)
  • Words Kids Need to Hear (2008)
  • Leading Kids to Jesus (2006);
  • Leading Your Child to Jesus (2006)
  • Making Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week (2004); co-authored with Sue Miller

A graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, he holds a BA in Communications and has com- pleted several Executive Education courses through the University of Michigan Business School and the University of Chicago Business School. He lives in Grand Haven, MI, with his wife Becky. There, he is involved in various community activities, including serving as board chairman of Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing. David and Becky have two adult children; a son Scott (married to Abbie), and a daughter Erin.