Dr. David M. “Chappy” Walden was born in San Diego and began surfing in the late fifties. He is a surfer to this day and loves the sport and the ocean. His professional career for the first twenty years took him on a path of entrepreneurial business development as founder and CEO of Orange County’s 2nd largest tax and financial organization with seven corporations dealing in tax planning, finance, real estate, property management, securities, film and television production.
In 1983 he became a follower of Jesus of Nazareth through faith in Christ and his calling to serve God led to a full time commitment. His faith journey started in children’s ministry at North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad, California. The discipling he received and the devoted Christian mentors who came alongside of him led him into various ministry roles inside the church walls as well as out into local community and across the borders.
He returned to college and successfully completed a Bachelors degree in Theology in 1995 from Calvary Bible College (BTh), a Masters in Divinity (M.Div.) in 1999 from Bethel Theological Seminary, San Diego, and in 2005 he earned his Doctorate in Organizational Systems from Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota (D.Min.).
He was ordained to the pastorate by the elders of Calvary Chapel Poway and ordained by the BGC (Baptist General Conference) Rancho Bernardo Baptist church. Dr. Walden has been a staff pastor over the last twenty-two years serving as children’s director, youth pastor, executive pastor and senior pastor.
In 1995, Dr. Walden founded a mission’s organization, MOTE, Inc., (Ministry On The Edge) which is a non-profit 501(C)(3). MOTE has established, sustained and expanded evangelical programs in California, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. MOTE’s Christ-centered collaborative ministries within secular institutions are leading edge and models in the San Diego areas; Baja, Mexico regions; and in the nation of the Dominican Republic. (1) Prison Ministry: La Mesa Prison in Tijuana, the La Victoria Prison in the D. R., (2) Inner-city ministries serving the homeless and needy in downtown San Diego, (3) Faith-based after school homework club programs in public schools systems and (4) Chaplaincy programs to educate and place Christians within secular healthcare settings.
In addition to Dr Walden’s responsibilities as MOTE’s CEO, he is an adjunct professor at Bethel University & Seminary; an author and lecturer.
Dr. Walden served as the RB/Poway Clergy Chairperson from 1998 to 2003 and is currently the co-chair. He is on the Board of Directors for the Safety Wellness Advocacy Coalition serving the RB/Poway communities and is a San Diego Sheriff Chaplain. Walden also served as staff director of chaplaincy for PPH, Inc., California's largest healthcare district at the Pomerado Hospital in Poway, California from 1997 to 2008.
In 2009 Dr. Chappy and wife Sandee relocated to the Dominican Republic. They established the International MOTE Ministry to begin it's programs in the Caribbean and Latin America.
In 2011 the Hand of the Lord led MOTE into Puerto Rico with plans to expand into Panama, Chile, and Peru in the following years.
MOTE Headquarters remain in San Diego, California.