The Reverend David Anthony Gilmore is an ordained elder of The United Methodist Church. Reverend Gilmore answered the call to ministry in 1998 where he began serving as Ministries Assistant at Bethany UMC, New Orleans, Louisiana.
In 2000, Reverend Gilmore was appointed to Swope Park UMC, Kansas City, MO. At the time of his appointment, the church reported a membership of 47. By the grace of God and under Reverend Gilmore’s spiritual guidance and able leadership, the church’s membership increased to 270 and included a music ministry that expanded to include five choirs and three praise groups.
In his next appointment at The ‘Historic’ Centennial UMC (2008 – 2016) the church received more than 300 new members, nurtured 5 candidates into the ministry; and planted an offsite campus with the purpose of engaging the community beyond the community.
From 2016 – 2020, Rev. Gilmore was appointed to the cabinet of the New York Conference as the Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization. In this role, he was responsible for planting new churches; identifying, recruiting, equipping, and empowering emerging leaders (clergy and laity); supporting and nurturing the creation of new ministries; offering one-on-one consultations with churches; and offering diagnoses and prescriptions for churches seeking to become vibrant. In his four years of serving, Rev. Gilmore facilitated the start/restart of ten (10) churches/initiatives.