Rev. Cornelius Davis, Jr. is a native of Birmingham, Alabama where he received his early education. His family moved to Detroit, Michigan where he continued his education in the Detroit Public School system graduating from Northeastern High School.
Rev. Davis has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration on Management of Human Resources from Spring Arbor College; Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Administration from Western Michigan University; and Masters of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate from Newburgh Theological Seminary.
Rev. Davis received his call to ministry over 20 years ago. His passion is Urban Ministry where God can work through him to help people enhance their quality of life through a relationship with Jesus Christ thereby making them disciples for the transformation of the world -- through teaching, preaching and equipping people for ministry engagement. His first ministry assignment was as an Associate Pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Evanston, IL providing Christian education and pastoral care. He has pastored the congregations of Chicago Rust United Methodist Church; Grand Rapids Plainfield United Methodist Church, Lansing Faith United Methodist Church and South Lansing Ministries, before being appointed as District Superintendent (DS) of the Kalamazoo District of the West Michigan Conference by Bishop Jonathan Keaton. As DS, he served as the Chief Missional Strategist supervising over 65 clergy and their congregations.
He has served as Chair of the West Michigan Conference Commission on Religion and Race, Council on Ministries, Board of Ordained Ministry, Racial Ethnic Local Church and elected as a delegate to the 2012 General Conference. Rev. Davis’ desire to return to Detroit and his passion for pastoring was granted when Bishop Deborah L. Kiesey appointed him as Senior Pastor of Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Michigan in July, 2014. On September 22, 2015 Rev. Davis went on voluntary leave of absence. On February 1, 2016 Bishop Kiesey appointed him to Farmington 1st UMC as interim Pastor. Then on July 1, 2016 Bishop Kiesey appointed Rev. Davis to the historic Scott Memorial UMC.
Rev. Davis’ life experiences have led him to live according to John 14:12a where Jesus says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.” Along with Matthew 28:20b where Jesus says, “Remember I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Rev. Davis is married to Lela Brown-Davis and they are parents of adult children.