David completed a year of CPE at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA in 1988 and graduated from the Doctor of Theology program in Pastoral Counseling at Emory University in 1999 where his doctoral research focused on helping persons wounded by problem drinkers discover forgiveness.
He pastored two Presbyterian Churches in Atlanta Presbytery while finishing his Th.D. degree and received Atlanta Presbytery’s Small Church Pastor of the Year Award and the church simultaneously received The Small Church of the Year Award. He also served as the Executive Director of the Harmony Grove Counseling Center (a Methodist Church-based pastoral counseling center). For over a decade he worked nights as an emergency room Crisis Counselor for several county mental health centers. He is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
From 2003 to 2012 he directed Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program. He served a two year term as President of the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education, and in 2008 he received that organization’s highest award: The Outstanding Leadership Award in Doctor of Ministry Education.
He has been studying and implementing Bowen family systems theory for over 30 years, and is a popular speaker/consultant on leadership development and conflict management. He has authored numerous academic articles and his essay: “Peace is Systemic” won first place in Bethany Theological Seminary’s Peace Essay Writing Contest.
He has been teaching adjunctively in the Seminary of the Southwest’s (Episcopal) master’s degree programs in Chaplaincy and Counseling since 2008.
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