The leadership team at St. Paul Baptist Church consists of ordained clergy and believers with the confidence to guide our community in faith, answer questions, conduct services and organize church events.
Dr. Christopher B. Davis, Sr.
As senior pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church since 2000, Dr. Davis leads one of the most vibrant churches in Memphis. In the last twenty years, the 145-year-old church has grown from approximately 200 members to over 1800.
A native of Proctor, Arkansas, Dr. Davis was called at the age of twenty-one to preach God’s Word. He was licensed in the gospel ministry in 1994, and subsequently ordained in 1996. He graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees from both the University of Arkansas and Arkansas Baptist College. He earned the Master of Arts in Religion degree (Cum Laude) from Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. Rev. Davis received his Doctor of Ministry degree with special emphasis on Preaching and Leadership from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is presently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership from Anderson University, Anderson, South Carolina.
Dr. Davis has done additional study at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He also holds the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Arkansas Baptist College.
Dr. Davis serves as Associate Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministry and Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, Tennessee. His additional commitments include his work as president of the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Inc., member of the Board of Directors for the Rise Foundation, Sisters Network, Inc., the Greater Whitehaven Economic Development Corporation, Board of Trustees of Lemoyne-Owen College, Baptist Health Sciences University, and West Africa Theological Seminary, Lagos, Nigeria, where he also serves as an adjunct preaching professor.
In addition, Dr. Davis is an avid golfer, spades player, aspiring chef and life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Davis is married to the lovely Rhonda Richardson Davis and together they share five amazing children – Christopher II, Jaden, Allie, Jenna, and Savanna.