David was born and raised on Long Island in a devoted Baptist family. As a teen he did a summer mission trip to Africa. Later he went through a rebellious period. While in a Christian bookstore, he bought a John Michael Talbot album because he liked the guitar music. He returned to the Lord and felt called to the ministry. While in seminary he discovered Reformation history and was drawn to Martin Luther. Because of this he became a Lutheran. In seminary, he also discovered the early Church Fathers. Their emphasis of Holy Scripture and the Person of Christ led him to the fullness of the Faith in the Catholic Church.