Rev. J. Cephas Z. K. Davis (Pastor Cephas)

Born 1977 in Liberia West Africa a country founded by free slaves from America. He comes from a very big family, 17 brothers and sisters ranging from 64 years of age to 26 years of age.  He received his call to ministry at the age of 17, serving as a lay speaker, youth president, and Sunday school superintendent in his local church, N.B. Whitfield UMC in Liberia West Africa.

After high school he was selected by the General board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church for mission service. He was trained and then commissioned at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe, Zambia. He was later assigned in his home country at the Bishop Judith Craig Orphanage home where he worked with orphans, street kids, child soldiers and uprooted youths.

He comes to us with a lot of experience: Associate pastor Refuge UMC in Liberia, Campus Minister Liberia United Methodist Student Movement; Missionary of the UMC 2000-2005; Youth pastor Miracle Redemption Center International-Minnesota, Youth director First UMC Kaufman, TX, Minister to Youth & Families Lake Palestine United Methodist Church Chandler, Texas, and Associate Pastor/Minister of Discipleship, Visitation/Pastoral Care First United Methodist Church, Ames Iowa.  He serves on the North Central District Matthew 25 Committee and represents the North Central District on the Conference Global Ministry Commission.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville TX and also did 3 years of theological studies at the United Methodist University School of theology in Liberia West Africa. He holds many certificates in ministry. Holds a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He is doing academic work in Dispute Resolution at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law. He is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. He is married to Phyllis Davis and plays pool and chess during his free time, and most of all he loves to travel and has traveled extensively including 35 of the 50 states in the United States, 16 countries and 35 cities in Europe, 8 countries in Africa, Panama, and China. He and his wife Phyllis enjoy traveling the world.



Ellen MCfadden

Administrative Assistant