Chaplain Waters hails from North Carolina, the “Tar Heel” state. A Pastor’s son, he was set apart for full time Christian ministry and ordained on 6 April 1986 by the leadership of Harvest Church, Washington, North Carolina and has been endorsed for chaplain ministry by Chaplaincy Full Gospel Churches, Cedar Hill, Texas since 1986. David received a direct commission to active duty in the US Army in the grade of 1st Lieutenant on 11 June 1989 at Fort Monmouth, NJ.
Chaplain Waters civilian education includes: “Bachelor of Arts” in Theology and Ministry, Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida, “Master of Arts” in Biblical Studies, Regent University, Va. Bch. Va., “Master of Divinity”, Regent University, Va. Bch. Va., “Doctor of Ministry”, Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, IN.
Chaplain Waters military education includes: Chaplain Officer Basic Course, August 1989, Airborne School, September 1989, Jumpmaster School, November 1991, Chaplain Fund Manager Course, Spring 1994, Chaplain Officer Advanced Course, Spring 1996. Combined Arms Staff College, February 1998. Resident Command General Staff Officer Course, May 2002. Chaplaincy Resources Manager Course May 2003. US Army War College, July 2013.
Chaplain Waters military experience includes service as Command Chaplain at the Battalion, Brigade, Division, Garrison/Installation, Corps, Combat Theater and Army Command levels. Chaplain Water’s overseas service includes 5 consecutive years in Germany and 4 years (2 tours) in South Korea. Chaplain Water’s combat tours include: Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Saudi Arabia/Iraq), Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia), Operation Iraqi Freedom (Baghdad), Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (Afghanistan). Additionally, Chaplain Waters served as Command Chaplain for our elite Special Operation Forces, Director for our Religious Retreat Center in Seoul, Korea and as a Mentor/Trainer for our Joint Readiness Training Center located at Fort Polk, LA.
Chaplain Waters military awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit x4, Bronze Star Medal x2, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal x6, Army Commendation Medal x4, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Master Parachutist Badge.
Chaplain Waters and his wife Cathy (married 1 June 1980) have three sons and six grandchildren. Chaplain Waters retired after 30 years of consecutive active service in the US Army on 1 July 2019.