About Our Founder

EVF Founder David PetersOur Founder, David W. Peters, served as an enlisted Marine and an Army Chaplain, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. His ministry experience includes youth ministry, hospital and military chaplaincy, as well as parish experience in Central Texas. He is a graduate of Biblical Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Erskine Theological Seminary (D.Min), and the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest (MAR). David’s writing has been published by the Huffington Post, Oxford University Press, and Tactical 16 Press. In September 2016 his book, Post-Traumatic God: How the Church Cares For People Who Have Been to Hell and Back, was released by Morehouse Press. His sermon, “Learning War and Reconciliation,” won the Reconciliation Preaching Prize from Trinity, Wall Street. On 9/11/2015, he preached it to first responders at Ground Zero in NYC. David currently ministers as a reserve instructor at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Ft. Jackson, SC and as the Assistant Rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX. David was named one of five Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) 2017 Fellows. He enjoys speaking to groups about war and the trials of homecoming, long-distance running, reading novels, extra-dark chocolate, and bicycle commuting. He is the father of three sons and is married to the lovely Sarah Bancroft, a museum curator and the Executive Director of the James Rosenquist Foundation.

Contact David here.

Books by David Peters

Death Letter

Death Letter: God, Sex, and War


Posttraumatic God
Post-Traumatic God: How the Church Cares for People Who Have Been to Hell and Back


Listening on the Edge

Listening on the Edge: Oral History in the Aftermath of Crisis

In the Press

Huffington Post Interview
Q&A With David W. Peters About His Memoir Death Letter: God, Sex, and War
09/29/2014 02:37 pm ET | Updated Nov 29, 2014 by Mary Pauline Lowry