Dave Sturkey, Pastor of Community Church of Ephrata (Wash.) died on Monday, April 5. He was 52. He had recently undergone successful heart bypass surgery and was recovering at home.
A native of Hopewell, Va., Sturkey graduated from Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C., in 1985 and Covenant Theological Seminary in 1989. He then planted a PCA church, Cornerstone of Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota, Fla., where he served as Pastor for 18 years prior to his EPC pastorate in the Presbytery of the Pacific.
He is survived by his wife, Deanna (Dee), and four children in Florida: Alexandra, Katie, Ben, and Abby.
A memorial service will take place at the church on Saturday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. PDT.
The church has established a memorial fund to assist with family travel expenses; gifts can be sent to Community Church of Ephrata, P.O. Box 293, Ephrata, WA 98823. Checks should be made payable to Community Church of Ephrata, with “Mercy Fund” in the memo field.