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David William Waller (born September 8, 1986) is the fifth child and fourth son of Brian Waller and Susan Waller.

He is the brother of Adam Waller, Isaac Waller, Derrick Waller, Rachelle Afarian, Sarah Waller, Samuel Waller, Lydia Wolf, Rebecca Waller, and Matthew Waller.

He is the husband of Priscilla Waller and the father of their six children, Paul, Davia, Phillip, Destiny, Peter, and Deborah.

Early life

David William Waller was born on September 8, 1986, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Brian Waller and Susan Waller. He was the couple's fifth child, and they went on to have five more children after him.

Along with his siblings, David was homeschooled growing up. He and his siblings were raised as active participants of Bill Gothard's Institute in Basic Life Principles, and regularly attended the yearly Advanced Training Institute conferences in Big Sandy, Texas. David's parents pulled their oldest two children out of first grade after disapproving of some of the things they were learning from other children. By the time David was old enough to begin school, the family was a homeschool family. The family called their homeschool Gloria Dei Academy.

David became a Christian at three years old, but still suffered with sin as he grew older. At twelve years old, he attended a Basic Seminar, where he recommitted his life to Christ.

David was a creative child, who was good at coming up with new inventions of homemade toys out of common found objects. He also bred mice as a child.

David grew up doing many chores around the house, and his family did not stick to traditional gender roles when it came to assigning chores. Due to this, David knew how to do tasks, like laundry and cooking, that many of his male peers did not learn growing up. His parents also worked to instill a passion for helping others in their children, so David often volunteered at nursing homes as a teenager.

After being born in Minneapolis, David moved many times as a child. He considered Chicago his hometown after living there for nine years. While living in Maryland, he learned how to take care of horses and grow tomatoes. He was fascinated by science and biology, and began studying nutrition, chemistry, and biology at fourteen years old.

David began volunteering with children at fifteen years old. He worked in the public schools and taught weekly Bible clubs in community centers. He also traveled to Australia on a mission trip with his brother Adam and on a mission trip to Mexico with his parents.

Personal life

Courtship

David first met Priscilla Keller in March 2008, while she was on a Journey to the Heart where David was working. He did not feel ready to pursue a relationship at that time. He started thinking about Priscilla more over the next few years. In 2010, David talked to her family about his attraction for Priscilla. In July 2011, he talked more about his short-term goals and his desire to pursue a relationship. After getting his number from her brother-in-law Joshua Duggar, David called Priscilla's father, Michael Keller, in September 2011 and asked for his permission to court Priscilla. Priscilla's father asked David to memorize Romans 10, Isaiah 58, and Luke 15 before he could begin this relationship. On September 20, 2011, David asked Priscilla to officially begin a courtship at their friends Robert and Kendalyn Staddon's house in West Virginia.

Engagement

After reading scriptures together, David asked Priscilla to marry him on November 16, 2011, saying: "Would you join me in following Christ to be my wife, best friend, and faithful prayer warrior; to live together, travel together, serve together, and if need be die for the cause of Christ? Will you marry me?". Her reply was, "I would be honored". They got engaged at Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka, Florida. The day that they got engaged was David's parents' 37th wedding anniversary.

Marriage

On February 4, 2012, David married Priscilla Lynn Keller at Buford Grove Baptist Church in Hilliard, Florida. They shared their first kiss at the altar. Their wedding is featured on the 19 Kids and Counting episode "Duggars Down the Aisle". They went to Georgia and the Philippines for their honeymoon.

Fatherhood

On September 5, 2012, David and Priscilla announced that they were expecting their first child, due early March 2013. On October 18, 2012, they revealed that their first child would be a boy, and that he was due March 9, 2013. Their first child, son Paul William, was born at 3:42 a.m. on March 16, 2013. He weighed 9 pounds and 11 ounces, and was 22 inches long.

On April 9, 2014, David and Priscilla announced that they were expecting their second child, due mid-November 2014. In August 2014, they had a gender reveal party, where they learned that their second child would be a girl. On November 9, 2014, they revealed that she was due November 13, 2014. Their second child, daughter Davia Lynn, was born at 10:30 a.m. on November 12, 2014. She weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

On February 21, 2016, David and Priscilla announced that they were expecting their third child, due October 2016. On June 12, 2016, they announced that they would be waiting to find out the gender of their third child until birth. On September 19, 2016, they revealed that their third child was due October 10, 2016. Their third child, son Phillip Andrew, was born at 7:29 a.m. on October 19, 2016. He weighed 9 pounds and 7 ounces, and was 22 inches long.

On April 12, 2018, David and Priscilla announced that they were expecting their fourth child, due late September 2018. On April 20, 2018, they had a gender reveal party, where they learned that their fourth child would be a girl. Their fourth child, daughter Destiny Faith, was born at 10:53 a.m. on October 2, 2018. She weighed 8 pounds and 5 ounces, and was 22 ¼ inches long.

On December 3, 2019, David and Priscilla announced that they were expecting their fifth child, due late May 2020 or early June 2020. On Christmas Day 2019, they revealed that their fifth child would be a boy. Their fifth child, son Peter David, was born at 9:07 a.m. on May 6, 2020. He weighed 9 pounds, and was 22 ¾ inches long.

On August 17, 2021, David and Priscilla announced that they were expecting their sixth child, due mid-January 2022. On August 28, 2021, they revealed that their sixth child was due late January 2022 or early February 2022. On September 6, 2021, they revealed that their sixth child would be a girl. Their sixth child, daughter Deborah Joy, was born at 2:46 a.m. on January 19, 2022. She weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces, and was 20 ½ inches long.

Career

Mission work

On June 23, 2005, David left with his family to pursue a two-year mission in Mongolia. While in Mongolia, David taught English classes for businesses, schools, government officials, and other organizations. His brother Isaac unexpectedly passed away of a rare form of cancer early in this trip on November 4, 2005. This spurred David to work harder to win others to the Lord.

Institute in Basic Life Principles

In 2007, David began working for the Institute in Basic Life Principles at their headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, after returning from Mongolia. He worked organizing conferences, planning schedules, and working on staff logistics. He worked as the Administrative Director of the Advanced Training Institute. In 2015, his job was transferred to Big Sandy, Texas.

Prison ministry

David participates in prison ministry with his wife Priscilla and her family in Florida.

Pastor

In August 2020, David began working as a Pastor at Fairpark Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

Television

David appeared on the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting as the brother-in-law of Anna Duggar and Joshua Duggar.

Wedding involvement

David was a groomsman at his brother-in-law Nathan's wedding to Nurie Rodrigues on July 25, 2020.

He was the officiant at his family friend Justin Duggar's wedding to Claire Spivey on February 26, 2021.

He was a groomsman at his brother-in-law David's wedding to Hannah Reber on November 19, 2021.

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