Rev. Preston Davis
Minister to the University
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Rev. Preston Davis is the Minister to High Point University and an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC) in the Western North Carolina Conference. He leads the weekly worship services, teaches the Chapel Worship courses, oversees the University’s Christian and interfaith initiatives, and is passionate about helping people of all religious backgrounds discover the depths of faith, hope and love in their own lives and stories.
Prior to coming to High Point, Rev. Davis has pastored faith communities in Decatur, Georgia, New York City, and western North Carolina. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he studied in the fields of Social Ethics and Systematic Theology. Rev. Davis was the recipient of the Julius Thomas Hansen Memorial Award, awarded to the student who demonstrates unique ability in relating philosophy, theology, and ethics to problems in contemporary society.
In 2006, Rev. Davis graduated from Davidson College, where he played soccer for four years and was the recipient of the Coach’s Award in his senior year, an honor given to the player exhibiting extraordinary leadership.
In addition to serving the student body, faculty and staff as pastor, Rev. Davis regularly preaches in the greater High Point area and beyond. His writing has been published in Charlotte magazine, the Charlotte Observer, Religion Dispatches, and Union in Dialogue.
Ms. Brittani Chavious
Manager of Chapel Programs
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As Manager of Chapel Programs, Brittani Chavious collaborates with and supports the Minister to the University in planning, coordinating and overseeing Chapel operations.Brittani is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston Salem, North Carolina where she was also a Wait Scholar. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee where she majored in Business Administration. Prior to pursuing her master’s degree, Chavious was branch manager of a bank in her hometown.
Brittani has passionately served in various capacities with the youth and young adults in the communities in which she’s lived. She is a member of New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina where she currently serves as Youth & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator.
“Life is bigger, better and brighter when you realize that you were born to do work in this world that matters. To know that your heart, mind and soul are called to do something that means something is one of life’s most powerful revelations. High Point University is committed to revealing and reminding students of their power and potential to do extraordinary work in the midst of the ordinary. I am honored to simply be a small part in the lives of students who will leave big footprints throughout this world.”
Jewish Life Coordinator
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Ron Yardenay is the Jewish Life Coordinator. On Campus, he works with a committed board of students to plan for regular community programming as well as holiday celebrations according to Judaic traditions. Originally from Israel, Ron moved to Greensboro, NC in 1994 and completed his undergraduate degree at Elon University. He is deeply rooted in the Jewish Community of the area; volunteering with youth and serving on community’s marketing committee.
“It’s my mission to ensure that Jewish students have a unique and intentional community to foster their Jewish identity. This community will continue to serve a purpose of diversity on campus and is open to all who are interested in learning more about Judaism.”