David Bumgarner – Class of 1995
Bachelor of Science, Interpersonal & Organizational Communication
Years at TFC and Degree:
I attended TFC from 1993-1995, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interpersonal & Organizational Communication.
What you did following college
After college, I worked for a few years as a freelance writer for Christian music magazines in Nashville, TN, before moving to Mount Airy, NC in the late 1990’s. I’ve been in Mount Airy ever since, working in Human Services, both here and in Winston-Salem.
What you are doing now
For the past 6 and a half years, I’ve been a Qualified Professional for Behavioral Services, Inc. in Mount Airy, where I serve roughly 30 clients with various developmental disabilities by hiring and training staff to work with them on learning life skills and to provide them with personal care.
Since 2006, I’ve also been blessed to be the host and producer of Crossroad Radio and Crossroad Light, two weekly Christian rock, rap, and alternative music shows on WBFJ-FM in Winston-Salem, NC (www.wbfj.fm). That’s a job I do strictly for the ministry and the fun of it.
Other items of Interest
My wife, Angie, is a Mount Airy native. We met in 2002, married in 2004, and will celebrate 11 years of marriage this October. We have two cats, (Queen) Esther and Elton. We’ve been active members of Christ Community Church of Mount Airy since the church’s foundation 7 years ago. For those interested, Mount Airy is the hometown of Andy Griffith and was the inspiration for Mayberry. Downtown we have Snappy Lunch, Floyd’s Barber Shop, Opie’s Candy Store, Barney’s Cafe, Aunt Bea’s barbecue…you get the idea. The town also has an annual “Mayberry Days” festival when lots of the cast of the show come to town. It’s a great place to call home, and Angie and I love living here.
Impact TFC had on your life
I wouldn’t take back a moment of my time at TFC. I learned the importance of having God’s word as a foundation for my life experiences there. I was also taught the vitality of honest and heartfelt prayer by the caring faculty of TFC. I was especially influenced by Mr. Micheal O’Brien in the Communications Department while I was there, as more than once I saw him visibly moved and openly weeping over the prayer concerns of students, myself included. Seeing him do this in his job setting deepened the compassion for others that Christ had already begun placing in my heart, and helped to give me the perspective I need in managing and supervising others in difficult situations. Also, I made some lifelong friends at TFC who continue to encourage me to this day with their faithfulness to God and his plan for TFC. I’m humbled to be a part of that.