Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis is a United Church of Christ pastor and is the Pastor Emeritus of the church she co-founded, God Can Ministries located in the south suburbs of Chicago Illinois. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis serves as the Executive Director of the Dr. Sharon L. Ellis Education and Family Life Institute which is the 501 c 3 outreach of her home church. The ministry’s focus is on education and offers literacy and job training and other educational opportunities. The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School Summer Program offers students in K-8th reading, cultural exploration, and political action opportunities. The end goal is to foster in the scholars, (as they are referred to), a love for reading and an appreciation of culture and is a vital service outreach in this “at-risk” and “underserved” community.
Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis, prior to relocating to North Carolina, served for 15 years as a Pastoral Care Provider for the Evergreen Park Ministries Care and counseling Center. She was the Director of the Center for African American Ministries and Black Church Studies at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.
In addition, Sharon served as a Chicago Police Officer for over 31 years. In this capacity she worked in patrol and as a Criminalist in the Crime Laboratory. At the time of her retirement she was assigned as one of the Department’s full time Police Chaplains ministering to police officers and members of their families especially during times of crisis and when officers have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Sharon was part of a selected team of leaders within the Department that facilitated hiring Domestic Violence Advocates to serve police officers experiencing domestic violence.
Sharon is a retired Board Certified Chaplain, (BCC) with the Association of Professional Chaplains and is a nationally recognized speaker/work-shop leader in the field of domestic violence, pastoral care, theology and ethics, especially as it intersects with issues of race, class, and gender and the Criminal Justice System. She serves as an Adjunct Professor at the McCormick Theological Seminary teaching courses such as Sexual and Domestic Violence; Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis and Pastoral Care in African American Communities. She serves as a Faculty Mentor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio for a Doctor of Ministry Focus Group she organized titled, “Biblical and Ethical Engagement for Social and Moral Imperatives. This focus group of Doctor of Ministry students seek ways to provide programming to address the plethora of social ills in our society through Biblical, Theological, and Ethical perspectives to bring about healing, justice and liberation within our society. To this date she has led 10 cohorts through this program who have all graduated with Doctor of Ministry degrees in this field of study. She also serves as Adjunct Professor with the Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS), teaching Christian Ethics and Domestic Violence in African American Communities.
Educationally, Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis has an earned Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Master’s of Divinity Degree, a Doctor of Ministry Degree (in Pastoral Care), and a Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and the Human Science (Sociology). She is a published author. Her recently published book is titled: “African American Battered Women: A Study in Gender Entrapment.”
As a survivor of sexual and domestic violence Dr. Davis is committed to the healing and empowerment of God’s people and to speaking truth to power setting the captives free. Dr. Davis refers to herself as, “more than a conqueror.” Her favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run, and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint.” Dr. Davis is married to her partner in life and in ministry, The Rev. Dr. Edward Smith Davis, Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ, (Southern Conference). Together they parent a blended family of 6 children and 15 grandchildren.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. (MLK Jr.)