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Michael W. Waters

Michael W. Waters is founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Dallas, Texas. As pastor, professor, award-winning author, community leader, and social commentator, Waters’ words of hope and empowerment inspire national and international audiences.
A sought-after preacher and lecturer, Waters has made numerous presentations before church, civic, collegiate and corporate bodies on topics of interest ranging from Fortune 500 diversity practices and ethical leadership principles to the intersections of religion and hip hop culture. His writings have appeared in such respected publications as The Huffington Post, The African American Pulpit, Feasting on the Gospels, Upper Room Disciplines, and Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writings from Rising Generations. In addition to his award-winning book Freestyle, Waters is the author of the new book Stakes Is High, celebrated as one of the top new titles in 2017 on race in America by Publisher’s Weekly and Sojourners Magazine.
He is married to Atty. Yulise Reaves Waters. They are the parents of three children.

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