Dave Schmelzer

Dave Schmelzer is an atheist turned pastor and social entrepreneur looking to redefine the meaning of meaning. He is the CEO of Blue Ocean Faith, a community of organizations, churches, and like-minded individuals who believe anyone can connect with God from wherever they’re at—within their own culture, race, and religion (or lack thereof)—through genuine give-and-take dialogues about faith.

Below is a summary of our interview:


“The big question is whether you’re going to give a big hearty yes to your adventure” – Joseph Campbell

The Journey

Dave talks about his lifelong search for meaning

Low Point

Dave talks about the 8 or 9 years where he did not know where he was headed

Aha Moment

Dave discusses “following his nose” and receiving nudges to find direction

His Work

We discuss Dave’s organization Blue Ocean Faith and talking about the tough topic of the meaning of life.

What’s Exciting Dave

Dave goes into the platform he would like to create to help people find meaning in their lives.

Lightning Round

Book Dave RecommendsFalling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr

Internet Resource: Slate Culture Gabfest Podcast

Helpful Person/Mentor: Teacher Dan P Fuller son of famous radio evangelist Charles Fuller

What is Dave’s Purpose? Experience the richest deepest connection with God and help others find that

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Where you can follow Dave

Blue Ocean Faith Website

Email: dave@blueoceanfaith.org

Parting Words

If you have a hankering to see what you are doing today fit into a larger story, don’t give up on that. Take the adventure. Take the risk.

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Derrick Duplessy

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