About David

Though the first bullet point on his resume would include almost two decades as a worship director at a prominent Nashville mega church, the greatest impact of David Hampton’s career and narrative isn’t summed up so neatly.

David’s life story is certainly highlighted by his prodigy-like talent at the piano, his awards for songwriting and musicianship, the songs and hymns he has published and recorded, and traveling with a host of well-known music artists. However, David found the theme that emerged as he became more successful was one that he would never have chosen or written into one of his melodies—and one that ultimately would offer life, hope and healing.

The twists of his wife’s suffering with a progressive and eventually debilitating disease and his own subsequent spiral into alcoholism began derailing what, at first, seemed like a storybook life. David recounts his days as a “professional Christian” trying to spin the plates of a very public ministry life and a serious addiction to alcohol with candor.

“If we are as sick as our secrets then I was terminally ill. I was drinking at God. I was drinking at my church. I was drinking at my wife’s MS and everything in between,” David explains.

“I was finding myself in situations where I had no memory of conversations or even what happened to me the night before. My hands would shake so badly that I wouldn’t even hand someone an ink pen,” admits David. “I would have bouts of deep remorse after a night of heavy drinking and throw out all my liquor bottles in dumpsters and then return to gather up my discarded bottles in order to go home and drink again that night. I would wake up with pizza boxes in my bed and had no recollection of ordering, paying for, or eating a pizza.”

David explains, “I was hiding in plain sight. My personal life was one long stream of broken promises and my teenage daughter had lost all respect for me. My wife’s eventually incapacitated state left me a virtual single parent who doubled as a nurse. My daughter had two sick parents. One whom she knew couldn’t help it, and one whom she thought could. She was equally angry with both of us. I drank every single day for at least five years, and my life became a string of humiliating episodes that I constantly prayed would remain a secret from everyone in my ministry world. No one was more relieved than me when it all finally crashed.”

David’s journey into recovery brought more than just a means by which he learned to live without alcohol. He became keenly aware of his spiritual bankruptcy and all the unaddressed questions of his faith and lack of it. His story includes how he entered recovery, incorporated spiritual guides from ministers to monks, the sensory overload of fresh sobriety, and determining what parts of his old belief system would make it into the renewed version of himself that was emerging.

His story of redemption, restoration, and recovery have offered him the opportunity to speak to a wide variety of groups including full-time ministry professionals, men’s conferences, addiction therapy professionals, recovery conferences, national hospice professionals conferences, and a variety of worship and arts related events sharing his story with candor and wit.

In addition, David’s onsite Worship Focus intensives offer in-depth consulting to church worship and music staff leadership teams seeking to evaluate, redefine, or restructure their current worship/music paradigms. David brings his sixteen plus years of experience leading a thriving worship ministry directly to churches by coming personally into their own specific scenarios examining with them their own unique goals and predicaments in worship and musical leadership.

David lives in Franklin, TN. His wife, Tricia passed away on May 6, 2013 of complications due to Multiple Sclerosis. His daughter Lauren also lives in the Nashville area.

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