David Burgess was born in 1954 on Maxwell Air Force base in Montgomery, AL to a military family. He joined the Unification Church in 1977 in Boulder, CO. After a stint on IOWC, he joined CARP in 1979, and worked as a DP lecturer and city leader in Ohio, Michigan and the Bay area before eventually getting his Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington. He served as the Northwest Regional Director for the American Family Coalition (AFC) from 2000 to 2008. From 2005 until 2010 he worked as the Literature and Politics Editor for the New World Encyclopedia. Most recently he was the Director of Food Safety and Quality and Business Development Manager for Shining Ocean.
David was blessed in 1982 to his wife, Julie. They have a son, James, and a daughter, Larissa.