Elmer Davis, Jr.
Rev. Elmer Neal Davis, Jr. is the son of the late Elmer Neal Davis, Sr. and Julia Diane Davis. Born in Salisbury, Maryland, he received his education in Wicomico Public School System where he graduated from James M. Bennett Senior High School. Despite all odds and negative innuendoes, he graduated from Wor-Wic Community College, where he received an Associates of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. He later enrolled in the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Police Academy in Salisbury, Maryland. This training enabled him to serve his community for 22 years as a police officer and resulted in being promoted to the position of Lieutenant at the Salisbury City Police Department.
Rev. Elmer Davis was reared with Christian morals and values, which has helped him to continue his spiritual walk. Prior to adhering to God’s call, Rev. Davis served as a Lay Speaker, President of the United Methodist Men, a Trustee and member of the Usher Board at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church in Columbia, Delaware.
In October 1992, God took his hand and led him on his Christian journey. Rev. Davis was appointed in 1998 as the Pastor of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Princess Anne, Maryland. With such love, dedication and faith in God who leads him, Rev. Davis realized the need to continue his education. With much discipline, he graduated with honors, receiving a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Wilmington College. Continuing to excel academically, Rev. Davis later received a Masters of Divinity Degree from Howard University School of Divinity.
At the June 2011 Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference, Rev. Davis was ordained Elder in full connection. On July 1, 2011, he was appointed to St. James United Methodist Church in Westover, Maryland and Trinity UMC in Princess Anne, Maryland. On July 1, 2014, he was appointed as Pastor of Whatcoat UMC in Dover, Delaware where he was highly respected and regarded as a leader in the City of Dover. He was an active member of the City of Dover Advisory Committee and Chaplain of the Dover City Police Department. He served as the Chairperson of BMCR (Peninsula-Delaware Conference) and the at-large member of the North-East Jurisdiction of BMCR, Board of Ordained Ministry and Strengthening the Black Church Taskforce.
On July 1, 2019, Rev. Davis was appointed by Bishop Peggy Johnson as the Easton District Superintendent of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference, where he supervises 77 pastors and 122 churches. The Easton District is the size of Delaware and consists of five counties (Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s and Kent). Rev. Davis has brought vitality and new concepts to the Easton District with his motto, “We Can, We Will, We Must!” from Philippians 4:13 (KJV).