David Nasser was born in an idyllic time in Iran in 1970. The country was enjoying a time of wealth and prosperity. His family was sophisticated, educated, and culturally Muslim. A world traveler by age 2, David had visited nearly every continent by the time he was a teenager. His early childhood memories are filled with happy times with his generous family and friends. He had everything a child could want.
But, as a nine year old boy, David’s world turned upside down. Every part of his normal life fell into chaos. His beloved homeland, Iran, was embroiled in a violent revolution. The international economy was in turmoil due to skyrocketing oil prices. David’s father, fearing for his family’s safety, decided they should flee the country leaving everything behind- except each other.
November of that same year, 66 U.S. citizens and diplomats were taken hostage by a militant Iranian group. Young David and his family hoped for asylum in the United States, but fear, panic, and turmoil in the Middle East made immigration impossible. After almost a year in exile, fortunately, God provided a way for David and his family to come to America.
Hopes of a new life in suburban America (Alabama) had its own set of challenges. David’s cultural clothing, skin color, and his heavy accent made him an object of merciless taunting. For years, David felt very isolated. As a teen, he began to search for a way to fit in. To find value and meaning through whatever his peers said was acceptable – cool clothes and nice cars, drinking and fast living.
David finally fit into American culture. He was invited to the right parties and hung out with the popular people. But he was still empty inside.
The acceptance and expensive possessions could not fill the void inside.
A month after high school graduation, David visited a church in his hometown.
At first, he believes the church is not for him. But after experiencing the refreshing acceptance and graciousness exuded by friends attending the church, David realized that the peace and worth he desired was in fact in Christ alone. He only finds true accepacceptance, at the age of eighteen, when through the persistent witness of a body of believers, David receives salvation and purpose through a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Rejecting his Muslim culture was not an easy choice for David. But he found freedom in his new Christian faith, and led his family to Jesus as well. A few years later at a Christian camp, David met a beautiful blond-haired, blue-eyed small town Baptist girl. Jennifer and David were married 2 years later, not without both families wondering how two people with such drastically different upbringings could have a successful marriage. Yet, the couple believed their upbringings – as a Baptist and a Muslim – would be instrumental in creating an environment of grace and acceptance in their home and ministry together. Now part of the Nasser household are daughter, Grace, and son, Rudy. David, his wife Jennifer and their children live in Alabama, the home of D. Nasser Outreach.
Part speaker, author, visionary and ALL minister, David Nasser’s greatest passion is to connect people to the living God. David uses relevant methods to communicate the life-changing messages of the gospel. Today, David is the visionary behind D. Nasser Outreach (DNO), which allows him to speak to more than 700,000 people each year at revivals, citywide rallies, camps and concerts. Never concerned with building a big ministry or platform, David simply wants to present a relevant message of Jesus to a hurting world. As one of the nation’s forefront speakers and visionaries, God has blessed David with the talent to reach the high tech, attention-lacking culture of Generation Next. Involved in revivals, citywide rallies, camps, and school assemblies each year. The heart’s cry of D. Nasser Outreach is to effectively present the same relevant message, the Gospel of Christ, using fresh, innovative methods and resources. Alongside his own full time ministry, DNO is also growing rapidly as a mentoring and consulting ministry. DNO has worked extensively with ministries such as Billy Graham Association! Youth Specialties, Student Life, Acquire the Fire, and other Christian leaders in their own ministry efforts.
David’s first self-published book, A Call to Die (2000), has sold more than 100,000 copies. His third book, Glory Revealed: How the Invisible God Makes Himself Known, releases this year (2007) with a companion worship music CD by the same name (available from Reunion Records, March 6, 2007). David toured the U.S. in 2007 with Third Day’s Mac Powell, Shane & Shane, Brian Littrell, Starfield’s Tim Neufiled, Hyper Static Union’s Shawn Lewis, Trevor Morgan, and Candi Pearson-Shelton.
NAME David Nasser Bio
NOTABLE AS speaker, author, visionary, minister
DATE OF BIRTH 1970
PLACE OF BIRTH Iran