Elder David Alexander Lorick, Sr.
David A. Lorick, Sr. was born on November 21, 1953 in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the sixth child of the late Bishop Colie L. Lorick, Sr. and Mrs. Elease Porterfield Lorick. He has been happily married to the love of his life, Frankie Lewis Lorick for forty-two years. They are blessed with one son; David A. Lorick, Jr., a loving daughter-in-law, Piper; and two grandsons, Spencer Isaac and Owen Maddox.
Education and Career
David grew up in the Greenview Community and was educated in the Columbia public schools. It was in sixth grade at Fairwold Elementary School that one of his teachers tagged him with the nickname “Tee-Si” (meaning short in statue). His family and close friends began to use the nickname affectionately, and it followed him for life.
After graduating from W. J. Keenan High School in 1972, he followed the path of his God-given gifts, talents, and passions which led to immediate hiring on his first job with Hinds Electric Company, West Columbia, SC. While still a teenager and working full time, he furthered his education at the Logan Industrial Career Center and was licensed as a Master Electrician with the City of Columbia. This achievement afforded him very high recognition within the construction industry, throughout the city of Columbia and the state of South Carolina. In 1984, God blessed him to become sole proprietor of “Lorick Electric Company” which employed four full time and two part-time employees, as well as contracting work for two electrical companies. When the construction industry became unstable, he accepted a temporary Master Electrician position with the Columbia Housing Authority while keeping his staff employed. This “temporary” position evolved into his current twenty-six year career as Area Supervisor with CHA.
David recognized that God gifted him with great visual and tactile intelligence and began to seek ways of using those gifts in service to the community. By partnering with the Columbia Minsters Association, Lorick Electric Company began to provide much needed community services. When the ministry renovated homes for displaced families, Lorick Electric would donate all materials and free labor to rewire each home. Similar services were provided to area churches including the Edgewood Pentecostal Holiness Church Family Life Center.
Church and Ministry
David has been in church since infancy and grew up as a “preacher’s kid.” However, in 1973 he came to the realization of the urgent need for a real and personal relationship with God. He committed his life to Christ through baptism in March 1973. In April of 1973, he received the promised gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. His commitment to God has never wavered, but instead has solidified through the years.
David faithfully served under the leadership of his father, Bishop Colie L. Lorick, Sr. and his brother, Bishop Colie L. Lorick, Jr. during their lifetimes. He was always humbly supportive of them, exemplifying the spirit of love and excellence in whatever tasks were assigned and those that he fulfilled voluntarily. As a teenager, he saw the burden that was on his dad who, at that time, fulfilled the role of pastor- bus driver. Without any discussion, David took it upon himself to relieve his dad by faithfully driving the bus for every service. He also contributed to the ministry of Rehoboth by serving as the young adult Sunday school teacher, Rehoboth Brotherhood president, Anniversary Committee co-chair, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He has grown through the ranks of leadership as an ordained deacon and served as chairman of the Deacon Board. As a member of the United Church of Jesus Christ he also served as Southern District Brotherhood President (UCJC), Southern District Secretary (UCJC).
For many years, David was teasingly called a “bootleg” preacher because he never hesitated to share the gospel with anyone he met. His response was “people get just as drunk from bootleg liquor as they do from their purchases at the ABC package store”. He finally accepted the call of God into the ministry and preached his initial sermon June 2006. He was ordained as an Elder in the United Church of Jesus Christ, Apostolic in June, 2013. He completed Biblical studies at BBN Bible College and Fort Clark Biblical Institute. He is currently enrolled in the Apostolic Faith Biblical Institute (AFBD).
David embraces the vision of Rehoboth United Church wholeheartedly and is always willing to do whatever his hands can find to do. He often finds himself looking for “something else to do.” He was the construction Manager/Building Committee Chair for construction of the Rehoboth Church on Beltline Blvd. His knowledge of the construction industry placed him in a unique position that allowed the church to find favor with numerous vendors and contractors. He continues to take a hands-on approach to labor at the house of God.
David’s character and demeanor has always been that of humble submission. He has never sought recognition or praise. Even as a young child he exemplified a spirit of devotion and caring as he put the needs of others before his own. Those early years laid the foundation for the life and the ministry of a humble servant-leader. His heart for serving God’s people remains unchanged as he focuses on service and not fame or prosperity. His desire is to please the Lord in everything he does, for it is the LORD’S ministry… not his. He will be the first to tell you that it is only through God’s grace and mercy that he has been privileged to see and experience the power of God in action.
David’s favorite scripture is “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.” Psalm 34:1-2