Dr. Dave Rough served as the Superintendent of the Dayton Christian School System. He completed his 29th year of ministry with the school system during the 2016-17 school year before entering retirement. Burdened with the commitment to provide Christian schooling to as many students as possible, Dr. D (trail name Rowdy) desired to combine his love for hiking with his passion for Christian education. His 2014 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail reflected his heart to raise tuition dollars for families that could not not afford the rising costs of K-12 schooling. You can read of his amazing adventure in his book, HIKE IT FORWARD, available through Amazon.com.
Dave was born in Franklin, PA in 1950, moved to Morgantown , WV when he was 4 years old. He developed a love for hiking and the woods as he traversed the paths of the state parks. Over the years he has logged in hundreds of miles in the West Virginia hills of Canaan Valley, Blackwater Falls, and Pipestem state parks.
Dr.D. graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College; had the opportunity to earn masters’ degrees from both Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky (1972 – Hermeneutics) and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana (1998 – School Administration). In 2008, he earned an Ed.D. from Indiana Wesleyan University in Organizational Leadership.
Rowdy has a wonderful family. He has been married to Cathy for 46 years (they celebrated #42 while he is on the trail). Together they have four incredible children: Ben and his wife Vanessa (and two beautiful daughters and one son) live just outside of Atlanta, GA.; Matthew is married to his lovely bride, Jen and they reside in Tipp City, Ohio; Bethany and four amazing children) reside in Springboro, OH; and Dan and his wife Sara are raising four wonderful children in Miamisburg, OH.