WELCOME OUR NEW ASSOCIATE PASTOR: REV. CEPHAS DAVIS
I am the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Davis of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia West Africa. I am currently a resident of Tyler, TX, where I live with my beautiful wife, Phyllis Davis. I lived in a peaceful country until the age of 12 when a civil war started that lasted for 14 years. During which time about 300,000 people lost their lives. I grew up in a war-torn country but still trusted God and served Him during this time. Listening to guns shooting and war planes bombing was part of our daily life while we went to school and served God at the same time. This experience shaped my thinking and relationship with God. God the Creator started working in my life as a youth and He’s still using me for that which He has called me to do.
It all unfolded in my life as a 17 year old youth President and Lay speaker in my home church (N. B. Whitfield UMC, Buchanan, Liberia); then as Vice President of our District Church School; Sunday School Superintendent, Campus Minister, District Evangelist, Lay Pastor, Missionary, Church Planter and a Deacon and elder in the United Methodist Church. After high school, I was selected by the General board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church for mission service. I was trained and then commissioned at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe, Zambia and was later assigned in my home country at the Bishop Judith Craig Orphanage home where I worked with orphans, street kids, child soldiers and uprooted youth from 2000-2005. I also served as Campus Minister and Associate Pastor at Refuge UMC, Monrovia Liberia.
After I immigrated to the USA, I served as a volunteer Youth Pastor at the Miracle Redemption Center International and volunteer at Coon Rapids UMC, Minnesota. I have served as Youth Director at First UMC Kaufman, TX and Youth Pastor at Lake Palestine UMC, Chandler, TX, respectively. During the 2008 & 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, I served as a Page. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville TX, where I am also a Master of Religion candidate, and also did 4 years of theological studies at the United Methodist University School of Theology in Liberia West Africa. I hold many certificates in ministry. I also hold a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology. I am an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Liberia Annual Conference.
I am married to Phyllis Davis, and I play pool and chess during my free time. And most of all I love to travel and have traveled extensively including 32 of the 50 states in the United States, countries in Africa and Europe.
PLEASE HELP WELCOME OUR NEW ASSOCIATE PASTOR!! AN INSTALLATION OF REV. DAVIS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE 8:30 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICE ON JANUARY 10, FOLLOWED BY A WELCOMING RECEPTION FOR CEPHAS AND PHYLLIS IN FELLOWSHIP HALL FROM 9:45 TO 10:45 A.M.