About Our Founder

EVF Founder David Peters

David W. Peters, served as an enlisted Marine and Army Chaplain, deploying to Baghdad, Iraq in 2005-2006. His experiences in Iraq and the founding of the EVF is told here by NPR’s John Burnett. His books, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War and Post-Traumatic God: How the Church Cares For People Who Have Been to Hell and Back vividly describe his own path to healing after war, a path he regularly invites his fellow veterans to consider. David blogs for the Huffington Post, and Oxford University Press. At present David serves as the Prior of the Hospitallers of St. Martin, a Christian Community for veterans ministry and the Associate Rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX. In 2017, David was named one of five Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) 2017 Fellows and he will be using his grant to travel around the country offering healing services for veterans. He enjoys long-distance running, walking and bicycling around Austin, TX, reading novels, and extra-dark chocolate. He is married to Sarah Bancroft and has three sons.

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Books by David Peters


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

Death Letter

Death Letter: God, Sex, and War


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