University Minister Ordained as Elder by United Methodist Church

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 8,2014 – Preston Davis, minister at High Point University, recently became an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Davis oversees all aspects of religious life on campus. He has led students on an alternative spring break trip to Haiti and established the Multifaith Prayer and Meditation Center on campus. He also presides over weekly services in the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel.

He became minister to the university in 2013. Before arriving, he was commissioned in 2011 by the United Methodist Church as a provisional elder, a three-year period pastors complete while seeking full ordination.

“I’m deeply grateful that the United Methodist Church has confirmed and supported my call to ministry,” Davis says. “It was a powerful experience to have my family, friends and mentors witness Bishop Goodpaster lay hands on me, along with four other bishops, and ask God’s blessing on my life-long ministry and our ministry at High Point University. Having Bishop Tom Stockton, Bishop-in-Residence here at HPU, as a part of the service made it all the more special.”

HPU students also attended to show their support.

“We are at once a place where people of all walks of life can find inspiration and education,” he says. “We as a Methodist-related institution have a responsibility to be radically hospitable, to be a leader in bridging difference and thus transforming the world.”

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