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David Ruybalid is a highly sought-after communicator. His style brings encouragement and challenge, with Christ fully at the center.

David loves speaking at conferences and being a guest for church services.

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David Ruybalid has been a driving force in the music industry in many different ways. He has performed, produced, mentored artists, and coached performing groups of various genres and contexts.

Though raised in the church, in his early twenties, David found himself willing to walk away from the Christian faith in which he was raised. However, as he began to study the Christian faith more deeply, he started writing as a means to work out his thoughts. Through an intellectual and experiential journey with God, David's faith has become anchored even deeper in Jesus. He is devoted to studying and teaching about scripture, Jesus, history, and the Christian faith.

David's aim is to create safe environments for individuals who are wrestling with their faith. Many who are drawn to his work are people who grew up in Christianity but never felt safe enough to ask tough questions. They seek conversations that their community may be unwilling to have, often feeling isolated in their journey. They fear opening up about their critiques, comments, questions, and complaints about Christianity, dreading potential ostracization.

David is committed to writing in order to help skeptics consider Christianity in fresh and new ways, while also assisting devoted followers of Jesus in growing deeper in their understanding and practice of his ways.

Currently residing in Arizona with his family, David is studying to become a priest in the Anglican Churches in North America. He has had articles published by Amity Coalition, Altarwork, and he writes for Additionally, David co-hosts a podcast called "The Evolution of Faith" with Zach Zienka ( He is also a member of "The College Theology Society."

This blog is for all those who value honesty when it comes to matters of faith.

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By His Wounds

What if we have rooted our view of the atonement in a perspective of God that has been destructive, rather than aligning with the God revealed in Christ? What if our discussion about the cross could be more in line with how the early church approached it? What if our understanding of the cross could better reflect the entirety of the Biblical narrative?

I am thrilled about this resource. I believe it will assist those who are grappling with inaccurate notions of God, depicting Him as angry and needing appeasement, to realize that they don't have to abandon their faith in Christ, but instead embrace the God we see in Jesus. I also hope that it serves as a tool for individuals deconstructing harmful understandings of God, and perhaps even helps initiate conversations with the people who introduced them to those ideas, even if neither party has the language for it.

Perhaps you don't feel like you fall into those categories, but you're still interested in reading more about the atonement.

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A Musical Journey

David Ruybalid is a seasoned figure in the music scene, boasting an impressive career marked by his involvement in numerous studio projects and electrifying live performances. Even as a high schooler, he delved into the music world, exchanging song ideas with industry producers, immersing himself in studios, and captivating audiences as a dynamic drummer. Reflecting on his early experiences, David reminisces, "I got my first taste of studio work at the age of 15 when I was invited as a guest drummer for an album from Cleveland, and from that moment, I was hooked."

Between 2001 and 2009, David dedicated much of his time collaborating with acclaimed bands, esteemed producers, and renowned artists. Notable collaborations include working alongside Jerrod Bettis (drummer/producer/writer for Adele, Gavin Degraw, OneRepublic, SNL, and more), contributing to the early years of Gungor's relocation to Denver that led to Grammy-nominated album "Beautiful Things" in 2010 and 2011, as well as collaborating with Rocker Studios who is know for such projects as Alice In Chains' and Jackson 5's mixing and mastering.

David's musical journey also encompassed leading worship under the guidance of Integrity Artist Mark Tedder at Woodmen Valley Chapel, a thriving 6,000-member church in Colorado Springs, CO, beginning in 2004. In the fall of 2005, he assumed the role of worship director for Woodmen's student ministries, while simultaneously spearheading worship gatherings for the next generation alongside renowned author and pastor J.R. Briggs. In 2006, he relocated to Boulder, CO, where he served as the Worship Director at Calvary Bible, a vibrant two-campus church with a congregation of 1,500 members. From 2009 to 2014, David became actively involved in music and various forms of creative expression within the Faith community of The Journey Church in San Jose, CA. In 2013, David's single "Hope Is Found In You" gained substantial recognition, receiving airplay worldwide. Shortly after, he joined a team of gifted worship leaders and musicians at Cornerstone in Chandler, AZ.

In the summer of 2018, David and his family embarked on a new chapter, relocating to Modesto, CA, as he began his journey toward ordination as a priest in The Anglican Church in North America. While still in the process of ordination, he returned to Arizona in 2019 and now serves as a pastor at Life Church Peoria, AZ, offering guidance and leadership to the congregation.

Despite his pastoral commitments, David remains deeply intertwined with the world of music, both locally and on a broader scale. He tirelessly continues to write and produce captivating music that resonates with audiences, bridging gaps and touching hearts worldwide.

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David Ruybalid enjoys helping bring the vision and idea of a song to life.
Listen to a few of the songs he has produced that are featured below.

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"David has passionately pursued excellence in his music for over 22 years... He continues to grow into a consummate worship leader... As one of my closest friends, I can say that David Ruybalid is one of those young men who will change the world for the Glory of God."

- Brad Nyght: Drummer/Producer: Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe, Lincoln Brewster, Desperation Band

"David has a gift of writing worship songs that are substantive as well as a confidence in leading worship songs that are within the mainstream of worship trends."

- Mark Tedder: international Recording Artist/Worship Leader

“David Ruybalid is a talented singer/songwriter and musician and an excellent worship leader. He is comfortable writing and performing in several musical styles and his strong voice complements his ability to play guitar, bass, drums, or keyboards. This is a versatile artist you cannot miss!”

- Mike Triem General Manager KLZ/KLDC/KLTT/KLVZ(Denver)

"He has a strong, rocky voice that has a good range and can convey emotion, and there are a number of interesting and unexpected musical truth one feels the best of David Ruybalid is still to come."

- Doug Holland of Cross Rhythms

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