The Rev. Dr. Davis Chappell has served as senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville since 2001. He has served in pastoral appointments in the North Georgia Conference for the past 30 years including Redwine UMC in Gainesville, Inman UMC, White UMC and Northbrook UMC. Davis is also currently serving on the Board of Ordained Ministry and on the Board of the United Methodist Children's Home.
Davis graduated from Martin College in Pulaski, Tennessee, and also from Lambuth College in Jackson, Tennessee, with degrees in Psychology. He went on to Candler School of Theology on the campus of Emory University, where he received his M.Div. degree. In 2008 he completed his D.Min degree at Perkins School of Theology on the campus of Southern Methodist University. His doctoral work was in the area of evangelism and church renewal. His thesis was about how the mother church is impacted by birthing a new congregation. Under his leadership, LFUMC birthed and planted a new congregation, The Church of The Way, in a growing section of Gwinnett County on September 11, 2005. LFUMC has also been instrumental in birthing the first homeless ministry in Gwinnett County, Family Promise, and continues to support the community in many other ways including the Lawrenceville Co-Op and the Hope Clinic.
Davis has been married to the former Sherre Hufman for 26 years. They have 2 children: Andrew, age 22, is a senior at the University of Georgia in the Grady School of Journalism and Hailey, age 18, attends Belmont University in Nashville.
Someone stopped by my office recently to say hello. He shook my hand and said something rather odd: "You staying out of trouble?" I wasn't really sure if it was a greeting or a question. I wanted to say something cute. But I decided to treat it as a legitimate query. I said: "Well, I try to stay out of trouble, but trouble always seems to find me! In fact, I've about decided that the nature of what I do in ministry is trouble." There was an awkward silence. He gave me one of those funny looks, as if to say, "I'm sorry I brought it up." And then he turned and left.Read full transcript...