Originally from Elmira, NY, Dave Treat lived in northern Indiana for 25 years. After six years in a parachurch ministry he founded GranDesign Studios, investing 17 years in graphic design, multi-media production and technology consulting for business and education.

Dave led the adult small groups ministry at Granger Community Church as a volunteer before moving to the Chicago suburbs to join the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in 2000. As a Division Leader in the Men’s Ministry and Area Pastor in Neighborhood Ministries he equipped volunteers and created strategies for connecting and discipling men and women in small groups.

In 2006 Dave joined the Willow Creek Association and became Director of Innovation for Adult Ministries. He was responsible for experience design,  content, and speaker/trainer selection for the Group Life Conference and Small Groups Advanced Training.

From 2014-2017, Dave was a Discipleship Pastor, Director of Missional Communities, and Director of Discipleship and Mission at churches in North Alabama and Northwestern Ohio. He continues to speak and train internationally on small groups and missional communities. He blogs at thinkingsmall.net and writes for smallgroups.com. He and his wife, Vicki, have been married since 1985, have a golden retriever named Vinny and a boxer/lab named Mona Lisa.

You can contact me at dtreat at thinkingsmall dot net.