David Pendergrass, COT Steering Committee Member
My name is David Pendergrass. I am a teacher and CPR instructor at the federal prison in Forrest City, Arkansas. I’ve worked here since May of 2002. My primary focus is GED and ESL (English as a Second Language). I was a professor at East Arkansas Community College before coming on board at the prison. At the college, I taught Drafting & Design, Civil Engineering, Cisco Networking, Yearbook, and other classes as required. Prior to that I worked as an Architectural Designer at the University of Mississippi. My main focus there was cartography with an emphasis on underground utilities, tunnels and drainage systems. Before I went to work at Ole Miss, I worked as the Assistant Plant Manager for an air filtration manufacturer. My work life began with my Dad. He moved houses and did light remodeling and construction work. I am currently the sight and sound team leader for Three Trees Cowboy Church in Wynne, Arkansas. I’ve mixed sound and worked with various productions for the past 25 years or so.
I currently have three Associate of Science degrees; Drafting & Design, Civil Engineering Technology and Architectural Design Technology as well as a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering Technology. I would like to further my education; however, life and work have kept me from doing so.
My wife Neysa and I have four grown sons; James, Gabe, Brett, and Garrett. We have three daughters-in-love; Mallory (James), Jordann (Gabe), and Ashley (Garrett). We also have five of the most awesome grandchildren ever; Weston, Lisa, and Dawson are James and Mallory’s; Gemma is Gabe and Jordann’s; and John is Garrett and Ashley’s. Christmas and birthdays are hectic, but we love it when everyone comes together. We live in the Forrest City area and are currently the primary caretakers of Neysa’s Mom, Margaret Threat, who lives with us. We also have a couple of cats and a couple of dogs that are our fur babies.
I’ve been involved with Concepts of Truth for approximately 20 years. I met Dail and Millie at the church I was serving at during one of the baby bottle fund raising campaigns. I’ve loved them since then and have strived to help honor the life-changing work of Concepts of Truth since that time. I’ve done this through both giving and service. Years after meeting Dail and Millie, I had the opportunity to introduce Millie to my wife. Lo and behold, they already knew each other! Millie was Neysa’s children’s church leader when she was a child years ago and she and Dail attended the church where Neysa’s Dad served as pastor. It truly is a small world.
My passion for life began as a small child. When I was young, one of my younger brothers was killed in a tragic accident. For years I blamed myself and I worked diligently to become the type of person that could, and would, help others in need. This lead to me learning all I could about first aid and CPR and in me being prepared for most any contingency. In this situation, it took me a long time to see the truth of Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” What good could God have in this tragedy? In truth, we began to attend church as a family, Dad and Mom both became EMT’s and First Responders and Mom went on to become a nurse. Fast forward to 10 or 12 years ago and I got the opportunity to become a CPR instructor at work. I was already CPR certified and had been for years, but the chance to pass on this skill to others was too good to miss. After a couple years I got the opportunity to become the Lead CPR Instructor and have served in that position since then. This past year I embarked on a new adventure and started my own business providing first aid and CPR training. Life is precious. The lives of those that are defenseless, even more so. That is why I’ve welcomed the opportunity to work with Concepts of Truth in any way that I can be of service.
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to share my life verse with you. I stive to live by Phillipians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” I strive to live by those words in my daily life and to pass them on as a legacy to my boys and my grandchildren.
David Pendergrass, Teacher/CPR Instructor/PST