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Waters, Michael W.

The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters is founding pastor of Abundant Life African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Dallas, Texas. As a pastor, professor, award-winning author, activist, and social commentator, his words of hope and empowerment inspire national and international audiences.

Featured in 
EBONY Magazine among America’s emerging leaders, Waters has appeared on ABC Nightline, BBC Newsnight, CBS This Morning, CSPAN, MSNBC Live, The NBC Nightly News, NPR, PBS Newshour, VICE on HBO, Essence MagazineThe Washington Post, and The Associated Press. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees with honors from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 

Named “Pastor of the Year” at the Center for Theological Activism’s Justice Awards, Waters is a Dallas Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree and a recipient of the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Council on American – Islamic Relation’s 2016 Community Leader of the Year Award. He is also a recipient of Southern Methodist University’s Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader Award. He is author of the award-winning book Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture (Upper Room Books, 2014) and Stakes Is High: Race, Faith, and Hope for America (Chalice Press, 2017), winner of the prestigious 2018 National Wilbur Award in Non-Fiction, and an award-winning children’s book, For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World (Flyaway Books).

Waters is married to Yulise Reaves Waters, Esq. They are the proud parents of three children. View author website here.

Books by Michael W. Waters