Monday, January 4, 2016

Conference Minister to speak at Forum and preach this Sunday

January 10, 2016
Forum - 9:30 AM, Fellowship Hall
Sermon - 10:30 AM worship, Sanctuary

What are the most compelling issues our own church is facing today?  How can the Southern Conference support and inspire us?  How can our mighty little church celebrate, and maximize our broader impact? Join us before worship at 9:30 AM on January 10, in the Fellowship Hall for a unique opportunity to explore these topics with our Southern Conference minister, Rev. Dr. Edward Davis.  We also look forward to hearing Rev. Dr. Davis preach in our worship service following our conversation.

Rev. Davis is the Conference Minister for the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, serving the state of North Carolina. He previously served as Interim Associate Conference Minister of the Illinois Conference of the UCC, providing oversight and pastoral care to 102 congregations and 350 ordained clergy.

He was Senior Pastor of St. Mark United Church of Christ in Chicago Heights, Ill., where he was the first African American pastor in the church’s 50-year history. He also was Chaplain for the Chicago Fire Department.

Rev. Davis received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he now is an adjunct faculty consultant. He also earned a MBA in Finance from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

A certified nonprofit manager, he served on the Board of Directors of the United Church Funds, which manages and directs socially responsible investments on behalf of churches and organizations of the UCC. He also serves on the boards of United Church of Christ, the Education and Family Life Institute, Community Renewal Society, and NeighborScapes, Inc.