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
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
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, Tennessee with his wife, Tricia. Their daughter, Lauren
also lives in the Nashville area.