Rev. Dr. Price L. Davis
D.Min. & M.Div. Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology – Virginia Union University
M.S.S.W. – University of Wisconsin – Madison
B.S. – University of Wisconsin – River Falls
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Rev. Dr. Price L. Davis is a native of Madison, Wisconsin and the youngest of three children. He credits his parents, family and surrounding community for the person, he has become today. Resonating with him to this day is his mother’s mantra to him, “Tenacity Boy…Tenacity…Never Give Up!” For that reason, it is Rev. Davis’s desire and hope to create spaces where people can Seek Authenticity, Speak Passionately, Serve Faithfully and Live Powerfully.
He has a broad experience in the fields of mental health and ministry. He has worked as a School Social Worker, Threat Assessment Specialist, a Family based Counselor, Outpatient Therapist, Clinical Director, Associate Minister and Pastor. In his 12 years as a School Social Worker with the Madison Metropolitan School District and Richmond Public Schools, he was an advocate for parents and students, a key community driver for strategic change, designed the first African American History Course at his assigned middle school and implemented the “Bridges” program, a leadership institute for students.
In his work as a minister, Rev. Davis served five years as an Associate Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaverdam, VA under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Dr. John W. Kinney. For seven years, Rev. Davis faithfully served as the Pastor of Byrd Grove Baptist Church in Fluvanna County, VA. Currently, he is the Senior Pastor of the Mosby Memorial Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. His ministry is motivated by the scriptural text found in 1 John 3:2 which states, “…It does not yet appear what we shall be…” He strives to encourage people never to underestimate the divine promise, power and possibility in others and themselves.
Licensed to preach the Gospel in 1998 and ordained for Christian ministry by the American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin in 2004, Rev. Davis received his Doctorate in Ministry with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Theology, and a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Christian Education from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. He holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.
Rev. Davis resides in Richmond, VA with his wife, of 21 years, Laura Ann Heggs-Davis and their son, Justus Reyhan (Ray – HON).
Rev. Dr. Stephanie L Wilkes-Jefferson
Minister of Christian Education
D.Min – Wesley Theological Seminary Washington DC
Cert Christian Education – Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virgini Union University
Cert Pastoral Care – Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology & VIP Care
M.Div – Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology
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The Reverend Dr. Stephanie Lucille Wilkes is a native of Richmond, VA. Her roots and biblical foundation go back to the Gethsemane Baptist Church located in King William, VA where she received Christ at an early age and was baptized. She is a 1980 graduate of Armstrong High School. In 1985, she received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from VA Commonwealth University. May 1994, Rev. Wilkes received Certification in Preaching and Worship, along with Christian Education from the Evans Smith Institute. That next week, she entered into VA Union as she acknowledged her call into the ministry. Rev. Wilkes was licensed to preach, March 1995. She served as Minister of Christian Education and Youth at the Fairfield Baptist Church for three years where she was nurtured in the faith for 16 years.
God moved her onward and upward in May of 1998. She changed her membership to the Mosby Memorial Baptist Church and graduated from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity. In July 2000, Rev. Wilkes was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at Mosby Memorial Baptist Church under the Pastoral leadership of the late Rev. Barry T. Young. Rev. Wilkes was certified in Pastoral Counseling at VA Institute of Pastoral Care, May 2005 and certified in Christian Education, August 2005 from VA Union University. In May 2013 Rev. Wilkes received her Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in the area of Spirituality and Community.
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Wilkes has worked with the VA Baptist Sunday School and BTU Congress as the Director of the Youth Division, the Baptist General Convention teaching staff, and the American Baptist Churches of the South. Currently, she is serving as the first vice moderator of the Tuckahoe Baptist Association of VA and the Minister of Christian Education at the Mosby Memorial Baptist Church. In addition to ministry, Dr. Wilkes has served as a faithful resource to Altria Client Services for the past 25 years. Her current role as an Associate Asset Analyst. Outside of work, Rev. Stephanie/Dr. Stephanie as she is affectionally called enjoys reading, exercising, planting flowers and plants, and watching movies.
Rev. Dr. Stephanie L. Wilkes is blessed to have one adult son named Rico, two grandchildren, JaReek and Asharii. Dr. Stephanie loves the Lord and believes in her heart to love him is to know him and to know him is to learn more about him. We should give all to him. For it’s “In Him she moves and In Him she lives and In Him she has her being”. We all should be in relationship with God.
Minister James Frazier, II
B.S – Medical College of Virginia
M. Div – Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University (Spring ’16)
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I am the eldest of two sons born to James and Mary Frazier. I attended Richmond’s public school system and graduated from the Thomas Jefferson building of what used to be Jefferson-Huguenot-Wythe High School in 1981. Afterwards I completed Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Pre-Pharmacy program and immediately enrolled into the Medical College of Virginia’s School of Pharmacy. I received my B.S. in Pharmacy in 1986. Currently, I am the president of the Sickle Cell Association of Richmond and a board member of the Statewide Sickle Cell Chapters of Virginia.
Additionally, I anticipate graduating with a Master’s of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in the Spring of 2016. I am also an associate minister at Mosby Memorial Baptist Church where some of my duties include the Men’s Sunday Fellowship, New Member Training and photographer. I am married to a wonderful woman, Deacon Debora Frazier, who only after God has been my greatest source of strength, support and love.
Minister Melba Jones
M.Div – Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University (VUU)
M.A.C.E – Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University (VUU)
Cert Religious Studies and Christian Education-Evans – Smith Leadership Institute VUU
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Melba Yvette Jones was born to Edith S. and Waverly T. Jones on March 24, 1977 in Richmond, VA. She is the third child of four. Melba attended Henrico County public schools and graduated from Virginia Randolph Community High School in June of 1995. Once she decided to accept the call that God has on her life, she enrolled in the Evans-Smith Leadership Institute at Virginia Union University; she graduated from Evans-Smith in May of 2012, with a certificate in religious studies and Christian education. In May of 2015 she graduated with her Masters of divinity from Samuel Dewitt Proctor of School Theology at Virginia Union University. She obtained her Masters of Christian Education at Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Melba was raised in a Christian home and was baptized at the age of seventeen at Mosby Memorial Baptist Church by Rev. Barry T. Young. She became active in church by assisting the primary class in Sunday school. In August of 2014, Melba Y. Jones was licensed to preach the gospel under Rev. Dr. James E. Leary. Minister Jones currently serves as the co-chair of the youth ministry and is a part of the steering committee for the women’s ministry.
Minister Jones believes that everybody should be true to the dreams that God has placed in their hearts and don’t settle for anything less, which inspires her favorite scripture; 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, of love, and a sound mind.”
Last but not least she is the proud parent of a brave, unique, and energetic daughter India Jones.
Minister Laura Davis
B.S. – Virginia Commonwealth University
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Laura is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She is the 10th of twelve children born to Javell and Laura Heggs. Laura completed her high school education in 1986 and immediately began her working career with Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Company.
Laura’s spiritual formation was nurtured at Full Gospel Assembly Church. She was baptized at age nine and soon after, she received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Her love for music and her gifts were developed through the church’s music ministry and her commitment to serving God and the church, she served as a choir member, choir director, and an usher. As the Lord continued to unfold the plans He had for her life, He connected her with a new place of worship, “Life Victory Center” under the leadership of Bishop Reynolds Thomas. In addition to using her musical gifts there, she also joined the Christian Education ministry.
After the proposal of marriage in 1994, Laura moved to Madison, Wisconsin and was employed at Cuna Credit Union. In 1997, Laura’s administrative skills were expanded when she joined the Genesis Cooperation as the organizations’ Administrative Assistant. She was one of it’s first employees and she helped form a strong foundation for the growth and development of the cooperation. Laura’s love for God and need for Christian fellowship led her to join the Mount Zion Baptist Church were she faithfully served in the Music and Christian Education ministries.
In 1999, she and her family moved to Richmond, Virginia in pursuit of her husband’s theological studies at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. Laura also joined the STVU family, as a Receptionist and she presently serves as the Executive Administrative Assistant to Dr. John W. Kinney, Senior Vice President and Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. In addition to serving with Dr. Kinney in a professional capacity, she also served in the ministry at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaverdam, Virginia and was licensed under Dr. Kinney’s pastoral leadership.
Laura’s greatest joys are being married to the Rev., Dr. Price L. Davis, and being mom to their son, Justus.