Davis will serve as a spiritual mentor to the HPU family, reside over weekly services in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel, and celebrate the university’s United Methodist roots while making students of all faiths feel welcome.
“When I think back to my own years in college, it was such a formidable time,” says Davis. “I was doing a lot of soul searching and figuring out who I was going to be. If can help young people through that process, then that is such an honor.”
He will also advise the Board of Stewards, a group of students who assist in operating chapel services and donate chapel offerings to community organizations. In 2012-13, they donated $10,000 to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program to purchase Christmas gifts and clothing for 150 children in the High Point area. They also held a Halloween “Trunk or Treat,” a Thanksgiving dinner, a Valentine’s Day party and an Easter egg hunt for the Boys and Girls Club.
Davis, a native of Mooresville, served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bessemer City for two years before joining HPU. He completed seminary at Union Theological Seminary in New York and undergraduate studies at Davidson College. He is currently a provisional elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.