HIGH POINT, N.C., July 20, 2016 – The Rev. Preston Davis, minister to High Point University, was honored with the Francis Asbury Award during the annual Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church at Lake Junaluska.
The national award is presented annually by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church to a person who fosters the church’s ministries in higher education at the local, district or annual conference level.
Davis was nominated for the award by Dr. Dennis Carroll, HPU provost. Carroll is a lay member of the Board of Ordained Ministry for the United Methodist Church and a conference delegate for Jamestown United Methodist Church.
The award recognizes Davis for growing partnerships between local United Methodist churches and High Point University students in several ways. This includes placing students in ministry internships, completing international mission opportunities together in Haiti, building an inclusive and interactive weekly program with campus ministries and Greek life, and working with United Methodist chaplains to support Flamebuilders, a young adult leadership and spiritual formation program.
“I am becoming the minister that I am because of the people of Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church,” Davis said. “They have raised me, instilled the love of Christ in me and the desire to build relationships that are rooted deeply in God’s love.”
“We are so proud of Preston’s recognition,” says Gail Tuttle, senior vice president for Student Life. “Preston provides great spiritual guidance to our entire community. He contributes to our students’ educational journey in exploration of self, service and their spiritual relationship.”
“Preston Davis has established himself as a leader, not only on our campus, but in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church,” adds Carroll. “His compassion for others, his natural savvy, and his intuitive ability to foster relationships make him an ideal campus minister.”
According to Davis, the award is less about his efforts and more about the students of High Point University.
“This award is about the work and spirit of our campus ministry student leaders, the Board of Stewards and the culture of High Point University that lives out our United Methodist legacy and seeks to embody its values of faith, love and justice.”