Posted on June 27, 2017


Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Daves of our lives...
Did you know Grace Church has seven Daves/Davids on our staff team? That’s one for each Dave of the week! In this 7-day blog series, we’re highlighting each Dave/David, and sharing some of the things that make them unique.
Today I’m interviewing Dave Fackler. Dave was an amazing orchestra director for Grace’s production of Beauty and the Beast last year, which is why I now call him “Maestro”.

CH: What is your name and how long have you worked at Grace?
DB: My name is Dave Fackler, and I have worked at Grace for a little over a year-and-a-half.
CH: Do you prefer to go by Dave or David? Why?
DB: Anyone who knew me before college still calls me "David", including my mother. (I was "Davy" until I started kindergarten, and my mom's cousin still calls me that!) I switched to "Dave" in college because I thought it was cooler (or something...).
CH: Which day of the week do you most identify with and why?
DB: Um... Tuesday, I guess. That's the day set aside for all kinds of meetings for my team--Worship Team meeting, Production meeting to plan the details of the weekend services, Staff Prayer and Design team. And twice a month on Tuesday evening we have Infuse, the musical development program I lead for instrumentalists at Grace.
CH: Why do you love serving at Grace?
DB: Before we started attending Grace five years ago, my wife Kelle and I went to a very small church for several. At Grace, we were blown away with all the things God was (and is) doing through this church--lives being changed, the Care Center, awesome music and other arts.
I'm working with a team of great people in Worship Arts, and I love being involved in the lives of our volunteers. I'm having a great time with instrumental music here, from recruiting and conducting the orchestra for Beauty and the Beast to writing arrangements for horns and other "auxiliary" instruments that we use in our services to training musicians in Infuse.
CH: What is your Enneagram number/profile? Explain a little bit about your personality based on your Enneagram profile.
DB: I identify as a 3 on the Enneagram--the Effective Achiever. According to the profile, a 3 is adaptable, driven, efficient, successful and gets things done. A 3 can also be an impatient, success-driven overachiever. All of the above are pretty much true of me. God has been gracious to bring me through some growing experiences over the years that have helped mellow the rough edges. On the other hand, I am also a goofball. I do cartoon voices and tell corny jokes--just ask my kids!
CH: What is the most random photo saved on your phone?
DB: This is a picture of three of our four crazy grandchildren--Trudy, Evie and Caleb--on Evie's fifth birthday in December. The picture speaks for itself. The youngest, Simon, was just born eight weeks ago.

CH: Who is the last person you exchanged text messages with? What was the conversation about?
DB: My siblings and I have had a running text thread going for the last several weeks as my dad (age 86) has been in the hospital in Texas. He was diagnosed recently with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and started chemotherapy last week. It has been a crazy roller coaster ride with all the testing and new information coming out every day. They are saying that his cancer is treatable and that the chemo should make the tumor in his lung go away completely.
CH: What is your favorite music you’ve been listening to lately?
DF: I love film music. John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Schindler's List, etc.) is one of my heroes, and I also like the music of Hans Zimmer, Rachel Portman, Howard Shore, Michael Giacchino and James Newton Howard. They are an inspiration to me, artistically.
CH: What’s in your Netflix queue right now?
DF: I've been watching the old Twilight Zone series lately (Cue ominous guitar riff!). It takes me back to my childhood (yes, I'm that old!), and it's amazing storytelling with interesting twists that have spiritual and moral implications. And who knew all those famous actors were ever that young?
Thanks to the one and ONLY Dave Fackler for being one of the best Daves of Our Lives at Grace Church. If you see him around, he’ll probably have a running soundtrack for his life playing in his head. Ask him to sing it for you.