“A Minister and a Therapist walk into a bar ….”

Dave Eden and Beth Purdum - Tim Dustrude photo

Dave Eden and Beth Purdum – Tim Dustrude photo

So begins the invitation to the wedding of Beth Purdum and Dave Eden. The two met through the Kiwanis Club, where Dave has given himself responsibility for “member retention.”

So when he invited her to have a drink with him at the American Legion and a friend asked her, “Is this a date?” her response was, “I’m not sure.”

He says now, “I had flirted with her but she never took me seriously.” 

And she says, I guess I was out of practice.”

Beth has been the pastor of the Lutheran Church in the San Juans, encompassing congregations on San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez, since 2014, and before that for 27 years in Colorado and New Mexico.

Dave has been practicing marriage and family therapy in Friday Harbor for almost 32 years.

Fr. Doug Simonsen will perform the ceremony at St. David’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, April 30, at 1 pm.

Music is a big part of both their lives. Dave has been playing trumpet with the One More Time Band for 30 years, and also plays Taps on request for many occasions. Beth plays several instruments — “none of them well,” she claims.

Jenepher Reeves will provide the wedding music, there will be solos by Sue Collado on the oboe and Dorothy Baker on the piano, and the One More Time Band will play for the reception at the Mullis Center following the ceremony. And guests will be welcomed to the church by Helen MacKay Sanders of Lopez on the bagpipes.

Their wedding trip will take place in August, to England and Scotland, with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as a highlight.

Beth, who has not been married before, will gain a son and daughter and four granddaughters; and Dave is gaining a beautiful golden retriever, Tau.

They will live in Dave’s Friday Harbor home.

Posted on April 16, 2016 at 10:23 am by

Categories: Around Here, People


  1. West and I have known Beth since she was about 19/20 years old, and we have known David at least 20 years. Very, very happy for you both!

    Comment by Sue Davis on April 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  2. Pr. Beth was our pastor at St. Luke Lutheran in Albuquerque. We absolutely adore her, and are thrilled that she has found her soulmate! Our heartiest congratulations to both of you, Beth and Dave. Dave, we cannot wait to meet you! We will look forward to seeing pictures of your beautiful and joyous wedding. Beth, now we know why God took you back to the Pacific northwest!

    Comment by Jean Hollowwa on April 28, 2016 at 9:24 am
  3. What a joyous event. All the best to you both. A great spouse is one of God’s greatest gifts, and I hope you are both blessed as I have been.

    Comment by DeAnn Eaton Azar on April 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm
  4. What a joy to know you found each other. I was sad to see you leave St. Luke church where you served us well, but in leaving I was hoping and praying that you would meet someone very special…and indeed you both did! I wish you well in the life you now share and send you my sincere congratulations and my joy that you will have a love and fun filled marriage. Hope to see both of you at a time when I visit my daughter who lives in your area.

    Comment by Lorna Hansen on April 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm
  5. Congrats to you both. So happy to hear that you, Beth have found your love as did I for a second time. God works in wonderous ways.

    Comment by Geri Lawson Schweitzer on April 28, 2016 at 6:10 pm
  6. So happy for the two of you. God has his own time tavle. He alone knows and provides our happiness. Congratulations Nadyneplugge

    Comment by Nadyne Plugge on April 28, 2016 at 6:36 pm
  7. We received some wonderful news a few months ago!! And now the ceremony to solidify the union is upon us! You look so happy, both of you. We are sure that God will continue to bless you in your marriage and we wish you ever so much happiness.

    Comment by Phoebe and John English on April 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm

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