As regional director for Latin America Caribbean, Dave gives direction and oversight to nearly 600 missionaries and missionary associates serving in 37 countries and territories.
Born in Colville, Washington, Dave spent most of his childhood years in Argentina where his parents, Dick and Sharen Ellis, served as Assemblies of God missionaries. The vision for reaching the lost and planting the church in unreached areas was instilled in him from an early age.
After high school, Dave enrolled at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. There he met Carol Maxwell, who had come to Seattle Pacific from Olympia, Washington. The couple married in 1978. During their time at Seattle Pacific, Dave and Carol both earned bachelor’s degrees: Dave in psychology, and Carol in sociology. Dave later earned a master’s degree in psychology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.
From the beginning of their missions ministry, the Ellises have had a burden to reach the lost, start churches, and be involved in compassion outreaches. In 1986 they were approved as missionaries to Argentina, with a specific emphasis on university students. In addition to planting two churches, they started a university ministry, Contacto Universitario, which is now a nationally recognized department of the Argentina Assemblies of God.
In 2008, Dave was asked to serve as area director for the Southern Cone, which includes the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. In addition to leading 85 missionaries appointed to the area, he assisted the national leaderships of the five countries in implementing their missions goals.
Dave became regional director January 1, 2014. His primary emphasis continues to be ministry to unreached and least reached, resulting in new churches planted and new opportunities for compassionate outreach.
The Ellises have two adult daughters: Rachel and Michelle.