|Short Name:||David Kai|
|Full Name:||Kai, David|
David Kai grew up in Toronto attending the Centennial-Japanese United Church. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the Humber College music program where he specialized in arranging and composing, and The Centre for Christian Studies. Commissioned as a diaconal minister in 1987, David has served in pastoral charges in Birtle, Manitoba, Orleans, Ontario and is currently a diaconal minister at Pickering Village United Church in Ajax, Ontario just east of Toronto.
David has written hymn tunes and arrangements in collaboration with authors and composers such as Brian Wren, Ruth Duck, Linnea Good, Neil Lemke, Jeeva Sam and Doreen Lankshear-Smith. He was a member the United Church’s Hymn and Worship Resource Committee that produced Voices United, and also provided music for the Bible Quest curriculum. As a musician, David has performed with groups and musicians such as Linnea Good, the Union United Church Gospel Choir, and in bands playing styles from calypso and reggae to Christian rock and gospel with groups such as Whitestone, the Sellwoods and Spirit.calm. He has served as a musician at gatherings such as Berwick Camp, International Diakonia, Annual Meetings of the Bay of Quinte Conference, the Ethnic Ministries Council and General Council Youth Forum.
David and spouse Marilyn Bown live in Whitby, Ontario and have three children.