Michael W. Waters
Michael W. Waters is founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas. As pastor, preacher, professor, author, motivational speaker, and community organizer, his words of hope and empowerment have inspired national and international audiences. Featured in Ebony magazine as an emerging leader, Waters has shared his keen insights on such esteemed platforms as the NBC Nightly News, BBC's Newshour, and National Public Radio. Waters holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Perkins School of Theology. His writings have appeared in such respected publications as The Huffington Post, The African American Pulpit, Feasting on the Gospels, and Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writings from Rising Generations. He is married to attorney Yulise Reaves Waters, and they are the parents of three children.