The Vision of Kingdom Investors is to activate Christian men and women in the marketplace, encouraging them to engage in their Kingdom assignments, and teaching them to attract the favour of God so that they can multiply their businesses beyond their natural capacities to fund their local churches and influence the transformation of the marketplace into the world’s first Sheep Nation (Matt 25).


Our Founder


Dave grew up in Africa during the turbulent ’60s and ’70s.  He was conscripted into the Rhodesian Army and joined the SAS.  He fought behind enemy lines against two armies across three countries for four years.

Thereafter, Dave joined the highly secretive Selous Scouts and fought undercover with that unit and served as a Tracking and Survival Instructor for a further four years.  He left the Special Forces and fought as a mercenary for two years.

Forced to leave Zimbabwe and stateless, Dave became a commercial saturation diver in the oil fields of South East Asia and Japan.  Eventually he immigrated to Australia, where he came to know the Lord Jesus during an amazing encounter with the Lord at a Reinhart Bonnke Crusade.

Dave is the Founder and MD of the Australian based Paladin Group of Companies, now valued in excess of 1 billion dollars.  Paladin has interests in Mining, Telco Construction, IT, Health and Fitness, and Investment Banking, and has businesses in 9 countries.

Dave is a sought-after speaker whose lectures are presented at conferences, seminars, business groups, churches, universities, radio and television, and at economic summits all over the world.  Dave teaches how he learnt to do God’s will God’s way resulting in a meteoric rise from $76,000 worth of credit card debt and no assets, to a $100 million business in two years and seven months.  In 2020, Dave delivered 144 lectures on 6 continents.

In 2007 Dave founded Kingdom Investors (KI) ( ), a marketplace ministry which has spread around Australia and Overseas.  KI is using its vast marketplace experience to teach Christian businesspeople to multiply their incomes and their influence to be part of a strategic vision to create the world’s first “Sheep Nations”, as portrayed by Jesus in Matthew 25.

Dave has been married to Merlene for 37 years, they have 5 adult “children”, 8 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.  Dave has attended Empower Church on the Sunshine Coast in Australia for over 19 years.

The kingdom investors leadership team


Merlene Hodgson graduated from Drake Secretarial College in Johannesburg South Africa in 1983 with an Advanced Executive Secretarial Diploma examined by Pitman of London. Merlene has had extensive experience in a variety of industries in Australia and overseas. She has worked in casinos, hotels, schools, engineering and finance companies. She is responsible for the development of accounting and operational systems and procedures pertaining to the Paladin Group and oversees the financial management, organisation, training and administration of the Group.

Merlene is also the Managing Director of Fernwood Women’s Health Club and Day Spa located in Woden ACT where she manages 40+ staff and oversees the running of the club in all areas including: Occupational Health and Safety, Training, Compliance, Policy and Legislation, Reporting and Evaluation, Sales, Marketing, and Budgeting for Club and Day Spa. Fernwood Woden recently moved from Westfield into new premises and Merlene managed the $250,000 design and fit-out of the new club which has been critically acclaimed as setting a new standard in women’s health clubs in Canberra.


David Leslie is an entrepreneur and Kingdom Investors senior lecturer.

He is the managing Director and founder of Crestcorp International ( ). A multi-million dollar company with a passion to fund the Kingdom.

He is the founder of Soul Focus Ministries ( . The ministry was established after David was trained by Reinhard Bonnke (CFAN) in a “Face to Face” Program in Orlando, 2008. The ministry conducts crusades and teaches KI principles to empower the church to transform their communities, cities and nation.

David has a diverse background with experience in Information Technology, Merchant Banking, Executive Consulting, Education Services, Childcare, Property and Missions.

David’s background includes executive consulting to business professionals, Fortune 500 companies, sporting stars, politicians, pastors and CEO’s of major corporations in Australia.

David is passionate about ushering in the Kingdom of God and teaches regularly at business conferences, crusades and churches nationally and internationally.

A major part of David’s Assignment is teaching the core principles of KI, which is “Activating Your Assignment – Gods Way” in order to develop influence and affluence to form “Sheep Nations” throughout the Earth.

David freely admits he is one “ordinary guy” that have the honour of serving an “extraordinary God”!

David is married with 3 children and resides on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.



John Dingemanse is a Kingdom entrepreneur who has founded, built up and operated numerous businesses in a range of industry sectors including Property, Professional Services, Construction and Engineering, Telecommunications, Water Management and Resources.

As a project manager/architectural designer by training, he has designed and delivered many notable development projects throughout Australia, each of which demonstrate striking aesthetic, ecologically sustainable design (ESD) and provision of significant social benefit.

John founded his first business at the age of 25, establishing a building business that within 10 years was the largest construction company in Tasmania with a 2016 equivalent turnover exceeding $150m which still operates successfully today. Since 2000 he has continued to establish new enterprises, build them up to strong profitability and then on-sell. One of those companies; Tastel, was purchased by Bendigo Bank and another; ElectroPulse was sold to it’s management team.

John is highly regarded for his creative strength, passion for innovation and focus on true sustainability. As both a business and social entrepreneur he has received national acclaim for his achievements; while his company’s projects have received numerous awards for innovation and sustainability.

John is the Founder and CEO of CBM Sustainability Group, a group of companies involved in project initiation, development and delivery in a number of industry sectors including property, mining, agri-business and renewable energy.

CBM Sustainability employs professionals in Architecture, Engineering, Project Management, Environmental Management and Commercial Services, who embrace the company’s ethos of corporate social and environmental responsibility.

John’s vision is to see leaders in business, community and government work together strategically, through enterprise development, towards social improvement in Australia as well as in developing nations.

Through his unique expertise and his corporate profile, John has been successful in leading and influencing positive change in business and commerce as well as the Australian church community, thereby seeing many people benefit as a result of well-considered sustainable development.

John is a strong advocate of environmental and social enhancement becoming the norm in business and through CBM Sustainability Group, he applies the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development to demonstrate how projects can be undertaken without harm to the environment and bringing benefits to the whole community.

John has been married to Aileen for some 35 years and they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Two of their sons, Liam and Sam Dingemanse are part of the CBM Sustainability Team and serve as Executive Directors of the family companies.

In addition to his roles in various companies, John serves on the Board of a number of community organisations including Impact Group (based in NSW), iSEE Church (based in QLD) and Freelife Church and Youth Futures (based in Tas).


With over 20 years experience in ministry, Suzette has led a full and varied life.

When Suzette found herself a single mother with six small children to support, she came to Christ in a miraculous way. In her time of need, her relationship with Jesus helped her to withstand difficult circumstances. She completed Bible College and became first a lecturer and then Dean of Word of Faith Bible College on the Gold Coast, as well as guest lecturing at Faith Works Bible College in Brisbane.

God called her back into business where she worked for a building company and then a registered training organisation, eventually holding the position of General Manager of three colleges in South East Queensland with a team of over 80 people. During this time she gained valuable skills in business and management. Her next assignment was at Jerry Savelle’s Bible College on the Gold Coast and from there she was encouraged to plant Open Heaven Ministries.

In addition to her role as Senior Pastor at Open Heaven Ministries, Suzette is also employed by a construction company to pray and intercede for the fullness of God’s will to be outworked in the company. A qualified life coach, she does team training for business and motivational speaking engagements.