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David Mathews was born in the small mid-western town of Friend, Nebraska, a community of 1100 people once listed in Ripley’s Believe It or Not for having the world’s smallest police station—a tiny tool shed previously used by highway construction crews. He grew up in small towns in Kansas and Indiana before settling in Indianapolis after college.

He describes himself as a big dreamer with an overactive imagination. As a child without a TV in the home, he managed to find a variety of ways to avoid boredom. Whether it was putting on puppet shows, producing radio plays, drawing cartoons, or making home movies, he always found something creative to occupy his time.

Now living in Xenia, Ohio, David and his wife, Donna, have six children between them, along with a son-in-law, two daughter-in-laws, and five grandchildren. He enjoys home remodeling, woodworking, bicycling, camping, and writing. He also serves in their local church, loves being a grandfather, and never grows tired of watching Andy Griffith reruns.

Always up for an adventure together, David and Donna went spelunking on their honeymoon, tent camping with bears on their anniversary, and skydiving on his 60th birthday.

"You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11