Michael W. Waters

Award-winning author, social commentator, professor, activist, and founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, Texas.

The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters is founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Dallas, Texas. As a pastor, professor, author, community leader, and social commentator, his words of hope and empowerment inspire national and international audiences. Featured in EBONY Magazine among America’s emerging leaders, Waters’ keen insights have been engaged on such esteemed platforms as ABC Nightline, CBS This Morning, The NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, PBS Newshour, BBC Newsnight, VICE on HBO, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and The Associated Press. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees with honors from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Waters is the award-winning author of Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture and the author of the new book Stakes Is High: Race, Faith, and Hope for America. More at