David W. Weill III is a husband, father, public speaker, a franchise owner of Steak ‘n Shake, and above all else, a follower of Christ. He came to know Christ through the ministry of Cru at the age of 23.
David earned the rank of Eagle Scout while in his teens and is proud to have served with the 912th MASH unit during Desert Storm.
He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree and later earned his Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Mid-America Baptist Seminary. David and his wife Trish have been married since 2000. They have four children and reside in Middle Tennessee.
When he is not working or spending time with family, he enjoys golf and tennis and participating in obstacle course races such as Tough Mudders and Spartans.
Deployed with my Mother
In 1988 I explored the idea of joining the Army. The recruiter told me that my time served would provide money for college. I went home and waited for Mom so we could discuss the offer.
“Hey, Mom. Do you think I should join the Army?”
Our conversation took less than thirty seconds.
Then my money mindset kicked in. I thought if I could make money or save money by joining the Army, I wanted to give it a try. There was also the obvious pride in serving our country, but mostly I was serving myself. The deciding factor for my signing up was based on what the recruiter told me about it helping to pay for college.
I explained to my mom the financial benefits of joining the Army. The thought of actually going war never even crossed my mind. After all, there were no major conflicts going on… at least none America was involved with.
Think about that for a second. The desire for money had so warped my thinking that it never occurred to me that as a soldier, my primary function was to be a warrior—to be ready to go to war.
My argument must have won my mom over, because after she thought about it, she said, “Okay.”
And I signed up.