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 course, oversees programming out of the Chapel Office, 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 in the summer of 2013, Rev. Davis served as Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bessemer City, NC. Rev. Davis 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 a graduating student planning to enter the Christian ministry who has demonstrated special 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 4 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 work has been published in Charlotte magazine, the Charlotte Observer, Religion Dispatches, and Union in Dialogue.
Jewish Life Coordinator
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Mr. Guttman has been active in the Jewish community my whole life, attending Jewish summer camps, taking leadership positions in youth groups, and community organizing Jewish communities around the globe. A graduate of both Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in African Studies and Jewish History, respectively, Mr. Guttman worked in London, organizing Jewish university student communities across UK campuses.
“My approach is about empowering students through leadership development, social gatherings, overseas trips, and interfaith social justice projects.”
Manager of Chapel Programs
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Shannon Lefever is the Manager of Chapel Programs. Shannon works closely with the Board of Stewards to plan and coordinate the Wednesday Chapel service each week. Shannon takes great pride in substantive role the Chapel office, Board of Stewards and spiritual and religious life programming plays in the life of the University.
“What has been especially meaningful to me since joining HPU in 2006, is to see students from various religious backgrounds and denominations worshipping together and congregating in friendship in the fellowship hall afterwards. We can all learn from each other and in turn, become enriched by our diversity.”
“The worship experience is enhanced by our 50-voice chapel choir, directed by Dr. Marc Foster, our own university music students and faculty, a distinguished organist, our student Board of Stewards who commit all four years of their college tenure to the work of the Chapel, and the outreach to our community around us. We invite you to come and be a part of our inspiring and vibrant Hayworth Chapel!”