Reverend Dr. Kenneth Maurice Davis
Dr. Kenneth Maurice Davis was born December 15, 1962 in Waynesboro, Mississippi. He is the first child of Mr. & Mrs. Jessie (Omega) Davis.
Dr. Davis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He studied at the Gulf Coast Theological Seminary in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Slidell Baptist Seminary (Institute) in Slidell, Louisiana. He completed graduate studies in the Masters of Divinity Program at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received an Honorary Doctorate 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. Dr. Davis received his Masters 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.” Dr. 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 follows the motto of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church to preach the Word; being instant in season; reproving, rebuking, exhorting with all long-suffering, and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2). Dr.
Kenneth M. Davis, the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, other churches, and faith-based organizations have carried out this mission through spirit-filled worship services, revival, and reentry workshops, which seek to reduce the recidivism rate among ex-offenders. The K. M. Davis Prison Ministry partners with Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia to facilitate reentry programs for African American males in Harrison, Jackson, Stone, and Hancock Counties, which provides jobs and social services as they seek to return to society.
Dr. Davis is a member of Pineville Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Mississippi where Rev. Samuel Newton is the pastor. 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. Dr. Davis served as pastor of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Merrill, Mississippi from 1977-1988, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi from 1984-1994, and the Belmont Missionary Baptist Church in Dekalb, Mississippi from 1988-1994. He is currently the Pastor of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in D’Iberville, Mississippi, since June 11, 1994.
Dr. 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, Dr. Davis is the Founder and President of the Mississippi National Baptist State Convention, which includes a membership of 300 plus churches across the state of Mississippi.
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. Dr. Davis received the People’s Choice Honoree for the 2015 Winn Dixie Resilience Award. 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 within the past ten years during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He passionately proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a view of persuasion to alter the belief and behavior of mankind. He 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 of Waynesboro, Mississippi.
They are the parents of two sons; Caleb & Jairus, daughter-in-law; Rowena, and twin grandchildren; Carter and Riley.
Pastor Kenneth Maurice Davis’s motto remains: “SERVING GOD BY SERVING OTHERS”