David Cozad comes to Central from Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC where he was named interim senior pastor in January 2015. He is pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian Church of Aiken, SC where he retired in 2012 after serving 10 years as senior pastor and head of staff.

He is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and also holds a Masters of Science in Planning degree in urban planning and social policy from Florida State. His Master of Divinity degree is from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and his Doctor of Ministry degree is from Columbia Seminary in Atlanta, with an emphasis in stewardship.

He has served Florida churches in Tallahassee, Ocala and Sarasota, and close to 20 years in higher education ministry at Eckerd College, his alma mater. He also served for nine years as secretary of the board of trustees of Columbia Seminary and chaired the Board of Visitors at Eckerd as well as the Board of Church Advisors at Presbyterian College. Likewise, David has served on a number of boards and committees pertaining to urban development matters within the communities he and his family have lived.

David and his wife Dana have two adult children and two grandchildren.