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The Eastside Church of Christ in Bowling Green, Kentucky, allowed David to begin his life of ministry under the guidance and teaching of O. G. Simmons and Julian Cash, the overseers of the congregation. In 1981 Norbert Maudlin and Gene McNabb, the elders of the Northwest Church of Christ in Evansville, Indiana, allowed David to work with them and gave him the opportunity to develop his skills in preaching, writing, and debating. After five years at the Northwest congregation, he helped to establish a new group on the east side of Evansville, and Harry Lewis came to work with the Northwest congregation. David and Harry worked together on a weekly call-in radio program for seven years. In 1993 the Padfield's moved to Zion, Illinois to work with the Lewis Avenue congregation, where the brethren encouraged him to spend more time in the writing of Bible class literature and study guides—these books are now used by brethren around the world and have been translated into many foreign languages and are distributed at no charge to those who want to study the Scriptures. The brethren in Zion have also been very gracious by giving David the time off to do research in the Bible lands. Over the years Padfield has engaged in numerous public debates on a wide variety of topics. He has also authored several hundred church bulletin articles on Bible topics and has written class books and Bible study guides on nearly every book of the Bible (both Old Testament and New Testament class books are available for you to download for free). His trips to Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Egypt have made it possible to post a large number of photographs of the Bible lands on this website. These photos are often used in college textbooks and other publications around the world. He is also a full member of the Society of Biblical Literature.