May 31, 2016
Steven Davis knew from age seven he wanted to become a minister. Born in Shreveport, LA, he grew up in El Paso, Texas. At age 13, Steve embraced the gift of faith in Christ and the next year embraced the call to ordained pastoral ministry.
Starting as a student/pastor at the age of 19 while going to undergraduate school at McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, Rev. Davis served in ministry for 28 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree with a double major in Religion and Psychology and his Master of Divinity from Emory University, Candler School of Theology, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rev. Davis served in the United Methodist Church, in parish ministry of congregations from 20 to over 700 members. He served as Associate Minister and Senior Minister, where he provided leadership and vision with support and program staff. His work as Evangelism Coordinator in UMC New Mexico and North Texas Conferences was fueled by his passion to see congregations become healthy, vibrant places of ministry and outreach to serve the community and communicate faith with integrity, justice, grace and hope.
Rev. Davis was forced to relinquish his ordination in the United Methodist Church when he came out as a gay man. He continued to respond to God’s call on his life as he pursued ministry in the UCC where his whole life and experience could be lived in authenticity, acceptance and grace. While seeking ministerial authorization in the United Church of Christ through the South Central Conference, Steve worked as Project Coordinator for Process Improvement for a leading global company which produced radiation detection devices. He also served for one and a half years as Supply Minister for The Gathering of San Angelo UCC, a central Texas new congregation start.
Steve says, “I am beyond overjoyed to answer the call to a new place in ministry as the Executive Director of Church Operations at Plymouth Church! Knowing the visionary pastoral leadership and empowering lay leadership of this progressive and life-changing congregation, I am thrilled to be part of carrying this vibrant ministry forward and increasing our outreach! I believe God has brought us together for an exciting new chapter and season of ministry together!”
Steve has four children, Erin, 27, Jacob, 20, Meagan, 17 and Jon, 15, a 3-year-old grandson, Christopher, and loves dogs. Steve enjoys football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer. He likes all types of music, art and architecture, films, camping, walking and is an avid Coca-Cola memorabilia fan. Welcome to Plymouth Steve!