DSC04355-266x300While many of us profess to live lives that speak for themselves in terms of our faith and our heart, few of us actually do. Even fewer of us actually live lives that continue making a statement of our testimony even after we have passed from this world. Dale Settle, Jr., however, did live his life like that. He stayed true to his Christian conviction even through the violent attack that ended his life.

Dale Settle, Jr. was born on November 6, 1988, in Warren, Ohio. Raised in Newton Falls with his family, he was taught Christian values and beliefs from an early age. Maturing into adulthood, Dale allowed those values to guide his life’s path, leading him to study Business at the University of Akron. While attending college, he remained true to his faith and actively participated as a member and a youth leader at Faith Family Church, serving as a youth leader, member of the witnessing team, usher and participant in many of the community church events.

Dale Jr. gave all the time he had available to God and the church by volunteering anywhere he could. Founded on his values and driven by his passion, Dale, Jr. had a vision, a conviction to reach the lost and help the poor. He saw it as his life’s purpose, his calling to touch the lives of others. To fulfill his vision and bring his purpose to fruition, he planned to use his business degree to build an outreach ministry with his family after college graduation, which was set to happen in December 2011. Our family had actually begun forming the outreach ministry a few months before his graduation.

However, on September 23, 2011, Dale passed away from undue wounds. But his voice certainly did not cease to be heard that day. (Read Dale Jr.’s story)

To see his vision come to life and to make his life continually heard even after his death, our family started the nonprofit Dale Settle Jr. Foundation. Through it, we reach out to the lost and to the poor, feeding them in body and spirit in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We do this because that is what Dale, Jr. would do, and his was and continues to be a life worth hearing—one lived out loud.

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:16-20