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Rev. Preston Davis is the Minister to High Point University and a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC) in the Western Conference of North Carolina. 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 for two years as Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bessemer City, NC. While in Bessemer City he chaired the city’s Ministerial Alliance and represented local clergy on the Small Town Main Street Downtown Development team.
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 is chair of the Young Adult Task Force of the UMC Western Conference of North Carolina, a group of young clergy and lay people reengaging the church with the lives of young adults. 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.
In his free time Preston loves to run, watch good soccer and other sports, and bend the spines of as many books as he can. He is married to Dorsett Davis, who has filled his life with more light and joy than he can say. The two live in the historic Emerywood neighborhood, where they can often be seen walking their dog Maddie. If you see ‘em, say, “Hi!”.
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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.
“It is a distinct pleasure to welcome Reverend Preston Davis, our new Minister to the University, to the Hayworth Chapel and the High Point University family. 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!”
Manager of Chapel Programs