BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH PASTOR KENNETH MAURICE DAVIS
Pastor Kenneth Maurice Davis was born December 15, 1962, in Waynesboro, Mississippi. He is the first child of Mr. & Mrs. Jessie (Omega) Davis.
Pastor Davis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He completed graduate studies in the Masters of Divinity Program at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. His thesis title; “The Importance of Raising Awareness for Prison Ministry in African American Baptist Churches throughout South Mississippi.” Pastor Davis was led to reach victims of mass incarceration in the state of Mississippi in 1997 and his vision became known as the K. M. Davis Prison Ministry. The main focus of the ministry is to preach the Word; being instant in season, out of season; reproving, rebuking, exhorting with all long-suffering, and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2). The K.M. Davis Prison Ministry along with other faith-based organizations pursue this mission through Spirit-filled worship services, revival, and reentry workshops, seeking to reduce the recidivism rate among ex-offenders. For example; the Ministry partnered with Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia to facilitate reentry programs for African American males in Harrison County, Mississippi, thereby providing jobs and social services for ex-offenders returning to society. Pastor Davis received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Temple Bible College in Cincinnati, Ohio because of his community service to the Gulf Coast Region during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Pastor Davis is a member of Pineville Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Mississippi. He began preaching at the age of fourteen under the leadership of the late Rev. M.K. Duncan, who served as Pastor of the Pineville Missionary Baptist Church for forty-nine years. Pastor Davis served as pastor of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Merrill, Mississippi; 1977-1988, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; 1984-1994, and the Belmont Missionary Baptist Church in Dekalb, Mississippi; 1988-1994. He is currently the Pastor of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in D’Iberville, Mississippi, since June 11, 1994.
Pastor Davis has served as president of the Pastor’s Conference, Social Justice Commission chairman, and 3rd Vice-President of the National Baptist Convention of America, International, Inc. Currently, Pastor Davis is the Founder and President of the Mississippi National Baptist State Convention, which has a membership of 300 plus churches across the state of Mississippi. He passionately proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a view of persuasion to alter the belief and behavior of mankind. Besides receiving many honors and awards, he is a member of the Leadership Board of Community Bank in Gulfport, Mississippi, and chaplain of the City of D’Iberville Police Department. Pastor Davis received the 2015 Winn Dixie Resilience Award as a People’s Choice Honoree. He received this award on August 25, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana because of significant achievements, and strong records of performance, in the recovery, rebuilding, and rebirth of the Gulf Coast Communities during the decade after Hurricane Katrina. Biloxi NAACP Baseball Diversity Committee presented Pastor Davis the 3rd Annual “SPIRIT OF JACKIE ROBINSON CELEBRATION Award on April 15, 2017. These awards were presented to community leaders in South Mississippi, who implemented the same qualities as Jackie Robinson toward their own significant accomplishments.
Pastor Davis received the award for his generous outreach in taking neighborhood youth to major league baseball games across the country and to the Negro League Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
Pastor Davis is a man of great humility and tremendous dignity; he is like the Apostle Paul in that he is not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He is married to the former Gloria G. Moore, MBA of Waynesboro, Mississippi. They are the parents of two sons and daughters-in-law; Caleb (Rowena) & Jairus (Alexis), and twin grandchildren; Carter and Riley.
Pastor Kenneth Maurice Davis’s motto remains
“SERVING GOD BY SERVING OTHERS”