|Rev. Dr. David Sutton is the
Director of Programs and Facilities at The Salvation Army’s “Center
of Hope” in Sarasota. This facility is home to 150 clients in
Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Programs. In addition to this the
needs of another 150 homeless are met on a daily basis. The facility
serves 600 to 700 meals daily year round. This facility was awarded
the Agency of the Year Award for 2010.
He developed an Alcohol and Drug Program in the Sarasota County Jail
in 2009. This has provided rehabilitation services to both men and
women inmates expressing a desire to change their lives. There are
48 beds for men and 32 beds for women with both having a waiting
list of inmates wanting to come in. This program facilitated by over
100 volunteers provides everything from, Understanding Addictions to
In 2011 David added a jail exit program called the 601 Release
Program. The design is to meet the immediate needs of those who have
completed their sentence and have no where to go. David is
spearheading a new Street Teams Program for the Homeless, designed
to break the cycle of homelessness. This is scheduled to open in
September of 2011. He was awarded the Visionary Award for excellence
in program development in February of 2011.
David currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sarasota
Ministerial Association. He is the founding Chair of both the
“Manatee County Homeless Coalition” and “The Mayor’s Feed the Hungry
Program”. In addition he served as Director on the “Drug Free
Communities” board for five years; was awarded the Keys to the City
of Bradenton in 1995. He served eight years in the United States
Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant.
David has served as a pastor since 1985. He has been a licensed and
ordained minister for 25 years, holds a PhD in Psychology and has
been Clean and Sober for over 30 years. David been
an addictions counselor for 25 years; trained addictions counselors
(CAP) for 2 years, and has trained ministers for 10 years.
Having served as a Contemporary Worship Leader for many years David
has a great love for music. In 1993 along with many friends and his
sponsor Brad Caswell David moved back to the country genre and
started “The Country Gospel Jamboree”. This became somewhat of a
landmark in West Central Florida with a concert the first Saturday
of every month. It ran for 17 years and 200 performances, with the
final farewell concert in June of 2010.
David conducts classes and training every week at The Center of Hope
and in the Sarasota County Jail, has taught public speaking and is a
sought after speaker in conferences and churches. His teaching on
Developing a Successful Prayer Life is formulated out of his own
passion for the Lord and 30 years of personal prayer experience.