Religion Profile: Rev. Dr. Edwin A. Davis

The-King-James-BibleHe is one who has protected the public and now he is shepherd of the flock.

Rev. Dr. Edwin A. Davis pastors the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church at 6616 D. S. Bailey Lane in Houston.

He was born on February 15, 1954 in Houston to Chester A. and Loyce M. Davis (Tennard) and grew up in the Third Ward. He was reared by his grandmother, Ophelia P. Davis who had a great impact on his life. Baptized by the late Rev. N.C. Crain, he received his early religious training at St. John MBC on Gray Street.

Educated in the Houston Independent School District, he attended J. Will Jones Elementary, Miller Junior High and is a 1972 graduate of Houston Technical Institute (formerly San Jacinto Senior High School.)

He has a broad education history including attended Texas Southern University; a 1988 graduate of the University of Houston; a Master of Arts  degree in Theology from the Houston Graduate School of Theology Seminary in 1990; a Masters of Education in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University in 1993; a Master of Divinity Degree from Houston Graduate School of Theology Seminary in 1997; and 18 hours of doctoral studies toward a Doctorate of Ministry. In addition he has received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston in 2004 and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity in May 2007.

Davis retired from the Houston Police Department after 30 years of service as a police officer. During his tenure, he was formally named Chaplain of the HPD in 1993. During that time he supervise his department’s volunteer chaplains and jail ministers and served as a liaison to the department Ministers Against Crime group and local religious communities. He has been recognized with numerous commendations and holds a number of key certifications. After retiring in 2006, he became a professor at Houston Community College in the Criminal Justice Department. He was one of the first to teach in the new HCC North-Line Campus in 2008 and was also adjunct professor at Prairie View A&M in 2007 and 2008.

In 2009, Davis was appointed to Major with Harris County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Adrian Garcia, he oversees the Sheriff’s Officer Community Support Bureau. In June 2001, he received his basic Jailers License Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

This multi-talented pastor is also an accomplished musician playing both the piano and organ and  served as pastor of First Mount Olive Baptist Church in 1987 and has been at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church since 1987.

Some of his awards include being inducted into the Religious Hall of Fame in 2003; getting the L.A. Simpson “Pastor of the Year in 2005; the Living Legend Award  from the College of Education at Prairie View A&M University, 2011; Visionary Pastor’s Award in 2013; and the Star of Success Award from the National Forum of Black Public Administrators in 2013.

Davis is an excellent role model and mentor for children for children. His humility and perpetual attitude of gratitude are an inspiration to all who know him.

Dr. Davis is married to Dr. Charlotte J. Davis, and had four lovely children, Eric, Erica, Chelsea and Courtney and one grandson, Aubrey.

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