Meet Our Pastor
The Rev. J. Cephas Z. K. Davis
I am the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Davis of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia West Africa. I am currently a resident of Des Moines, where I live with my beautiful wife Phyllis Davis, and serving the wonderful folks of Easton Place UMC.
I lived in a peaceful country until the age of 12 when a civil war started that lasted for 14 years. During which time about 300,000 people lost their lives. I grew up in a war-torn country but still trusted God and served Him during this time. Listening to guns shooting and war plans bombing was part of our daily life while we went to school and served God at the same time. This experience shaped my thinking and relationship with God.
God the Creator started working in my life as a youth and He’s still using me for that which He has called me to do. It all unfolded in my life as a 17 year old youth President and Lay speaker in my home church (N. B. Whitfield UMC, Buchanan, Liberia); then as Vice President of our District Church School; Sunday School Superintendents, Campus Minister, District Evangelist, Lay Pastor, Missionary, Church Planter and a Deacon and elder in the United Methodist Church.
After high school I was selected by the General board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church for mission service. I was trained and then commissioned at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation in Kitwe, Zambia and was later assigned in my home country at the Bishop Judith Craig Orphanage home where I worked with orphans, street kids, child soldiers and uprooted youth from 2000-2005, I also served as Campus Minister and Associate Pastor at Refuge UMC, Monrovia Liberia and was one of the founders. After I immigrated to the USA I served as a volunteer Youth Pastor at the Miracle Redemption Center International and volunteer at Coon Rapids UMC, Minnesota. I have served as Youth Director at First UMC Kaufman, TX and Youth Pastor at Lake Palestine UMC, Chandler, TX, respectively. During the 2008, 2012 & 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church I served as a Page.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with major in Biblical Studies (New Testaments) from the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville TX, where I am also a Master of Religion candidate, and also did 4 years of theological studies at the United Methodist University School of theology in Liberia West Africa. I hold many certificates in ministry. I also hold a Master of Divinity and Graduate Certificate in African & African American Church Studies from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. I am also a graduate of Pepperdine School of Law, Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a Master of Dispute Resolution degree. I did served as an interim in the Polk County DA’s Office, Restorative Justice Department. At present I am a member of a Sub-Committee responsible for designing & creating a “Restorative Justice Program” for Iowa Prisons. I am an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Member of Liberia Annual Conference. I am married to Phyllis Davis and I play pool and chess during my free time, and most of all I love to travel the world and have traveled extensively including 36 of the 50 states in the United States, countries in Africa and 16 countries & 40 cities Europe, and two Asian countries China and Thailand. When I am not traveling, I am cooking, which i love but most of all I love telling the story of Jesus the Christ (Preaching & Teaching.