David was born and raised in Greenville, North Carolina. He graduated from J. H. Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina in 1971. David received his license to preach in June of 1972 and was ordained June of 1973 as a Free Will Baptist Minister. He graduated in 1978 from the Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee. In October of 1983, David was ordained as an Original Free Will Baptist Minister.
David married Mary Marcia Winslow of Greenville, North Carolina in September of 1972. They have two children, Rachel Embler and Michael Langley. Rachel and her husband, Chris have blessed them with four wonderful grandchildren, Asher, Anna, Simeon, and Saleah. David have served as Pastor of the Saint Mary’s Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church since July of 2011.
Part of David's ministry was as a volunteer Police Chaplain. He was trained in Virginia Beach, VA and served for six months in Virginia Beach. After starting the Chaplaincy Program in Greenville, NC, he served as their Police Chaplain for 17 years before retiring. David have also served as Chaplain for the Basic Law Enforcement Training at Johnston Community College.
Some of his favorite verses are
Those verses summarize his life. They tell of having to overcome fear and needing strength to do what God wants him to do.
God has blessed David to have been in the ministry for over thirty five years. Humor plays an important part in witnessing to those who cross his path during the day. Poems are another way for him to express his thoughts on life’s journey.