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Olympic Medalist David Wise & His Second Job As Youth Pastor

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David Wise made Reno proud after winning an Olympic gold medal in Sochi during the half pipe skiing competition on Tuesday, but the Northern Nevada native is known for so much more than that. David spends a lot of his time doing outreach for youth in the community. 

We talked with several people who say David has always been very involved. 

In the past few years Wise hasn't just been working hard for an Olympic gold medal, he's also been working as a local youth pastor. Pastor John McKendricks of Valley View Christian Fellowship has worked with David for the past five years where David has been helping out as a youth leader. "David is a person who is deeply compassionate and sincere. He cares deeply about people," said McKendricks.

When David is not hitting the slopes, he's working with kids at Valley View Christian Fellowship. He and his wife Alexandra are both youth pastors there. They mentor about 25 students, mostly middle school and high schoolers. "Every Wednesday night, you know sometimes they have movie nights. In the summer they'll do things like go to Wild Island," said Rachel Kendall.

Students we spoke with say they enjoy the lessons David teaches them. "He always shares his testimony with kids every Wednesday and it's an amazing testimony. I really enjoy listening to him when he does share," said Harmony Anderson.

Harmony is part of the youth group David teaches, also known as Tribe. She told us it's pretty awesome to have an Olympic gold medalist as your teacher. "I look up to him. He loves what he's doing," said Anderson.

David has been mentoring Harmony for about three years. His job is to help motivate kids and be there as a positive role model. Harmony says his accomplishments motivates her to follow her dreams. "He really loves what he does and he feels like he's very strong in what he does. He really cares," said Anderson.

As far as becoming a pastor in the long run? John McKendricks says it's something David has already been thinking about. "He wants to be a pastor. He's mentioned that to me on a few occasions and even if he doesn't settle on being a pastor, he sees himself as doing some kind of philanthropy work," said McKendricks.

The church group plans to throw a party to celebrate when David gets back from Sochi.

Written By Chloe Beardsley

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