James Levert Davis is the 123rd elected and consecrated bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. He was elected to the office of bishop at the 47th General Conference of the AME Church in 2004. He served as the presiding prelate of the 19th Episcopal district of the church comprising KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and Free State in the Republic of South Africa. Eight years ago he was assigned to the 9th Episcopal District. (Before becoming a bishop , he served as senior pastor of Big Bethel in Atlanta)
Bishop Davis served as the President of the Council of Bishops from 2010 to 2011. At this year’s General Conference, he was assigned to us-- Episcopal District Two.
Many of you may not know that Bishop Davis is a fifth generation AME minister. He hails from Alabama and attended Morris Brown College and then onto Turner Theological Seminary for a Master of Divinity and onto The Interdenominational Theological Center for his Doctorate..
Some say that Bishop Davis is an innovator, builder, visionary and Spiritual Leader—Big Bethel Village, Big Bethel Credit Union, Trinity House for homeless men, Built 12 Habitat for Humanity houses. I have attended many 7:45 AM services at Big Bethel. It seems to me as though this church owns the entire block in the neighborhood on or off Auburn Avenue. ( That is the area where the black professional had their offices--years ago.)
He is married to , Mother Arelis Beevers Davis. They are the very proud parents of Nicole Titiana and Damarys Monique.
On this past Monday, Bishop Davis held an informal meeting with St Matthew members . He informed us that he uses the product that he sells. He wants us to know that we are important and reminded us that we should not plan FOR the young people, but plan WITH them. Our strength is when we do things together. How can you help make the Episcopal District better?
Bishop Davis is one who likes to visit with all of his churches—he asks them about the program of the AME Church and how together can plan for its propensity. We need to plan for the generations that follow us.
We had to wait a little while until he arrived at our church, but it was okay. Karen Togba served us very-much-welcomed ice cream cones. Thanks Karen.