Providing process consulting services across North America, David is a Senior Design Partner with Design Group International™.  His expertise includes generosity development, board governance, adaptive leadership, stewardship design, and organizational visioning. He is a forerunner in the discipline of spiritual giving. He creates hope by providing practical design and motivational seminars for faith-based organizations. He empowers leaders to discover their vital role in building communities of faith to embody a generous culture.

As an avid writer and leading-edge speaker, he addresses the often-overlooked spiritual discipline of generosity, the debilitating impact of hyperconsumerism on giving, and the positive cycle of abundance-focused communities. The growing demand for his intuitive, strategic vision and passionate leadership is significant. One of David’s recognized strengths is his personal understanding of organizations from various perspectives. He gained experience as a pastor, a development director, and a regional and national church executive.  

David has a keen understanding of the current economic and consumer trends impacting individual’s charitable giving. His dynamic presentations invite participants to learn from one another by engaging in stimulating peer learning. His comprehensive consultation is customized to meet the specific needs of a faith-based community.

In addition to serving as a Senior Design Partner with Design Group International™, David is an adjunct instructor at United Theological Seminary and currently serves as President and Executive Director with The United Methodist Foundation of Michigan.  He is the past chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, and the Church Network powered by the National Association of Church Business Administrators.  He is President of the Executive Committee of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations, a trustee of United Theological Seminary, a member of the Advisory Board of The United Methodist Church Development Center, a member of the Advisory Council of the Good Sense Movement, a former Director and Program Committee Chair of Lakeside Chautauqua, and a Board of Directors' member of the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church.

David is a magna cum laude graduate of Drew Theological School, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Secondary Education from The College of Wooster and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership with a specialization in Emotional Intelligence from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Christian leaders are called to embrace an abundant vision and to inspire others with their passion and generosity.
— David S. Bell, Senior Design Partner, Design Group International