Maury Davis

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Maury Davis is a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Madison, Tennessee. He is a widely known and controversial religious figure in the Tennessee religious community.[1][2]

Pastor Davis is also a regular figure on InFocus, a weekly religious television show watched by an audience of millions experiencing the ministry through Sunday regional broadcasts on Nashville NewsChannel 5 CBS Network[3] and via satellite throughout Africa and Europe on the Faith Broadcasting Network.

Early life[edit]

Maury Davis spent his childhood in Irving, Texas. Due to his troubled teenage years, he was enrolled in New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He graduated with honors. Soon after, his years were dominated by the act which would overshadow the rest of his life.

In 1975, at the age of 18, Davis stabbed middle-aged woman Jo Ella Liles to death in Irving, Texas. The killing was so vicious Ms Likes was nearly decapitated. Davis was known for showing no remorse after the murder. [4] He has claimed that his life was filled with drug addiction and the subsequent instability it caused, though detectives who investigated the crime claim to have found evidence only of marijuana, and not of harder drugs. [5] In 1975, he was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections.[6]

Davis credits Rev. J. Don George, other ministers, and his fellow inmates with his spiritual awakening. He saw his fellow prisoners’ ongoing faith and hope as “light in the darkness,” helping them to remain hopeful even in their incarceration. Pastor J. Don George and the ministers who spoke into his life were instrumental in discipling Davis as a young Christian. Davis began to preach sermons in prison to his fellow inmates, hoping to encapsulate the hope he felt and pass it on to others. Even though he was still staring at a 20-year prison sentence, he maintained joy through it all with his journey with Christ.[7]

Davis served eight and a half years in prison—although denied for parole six times—until he was indicated as a good candidate for early release due to the overcrowding in the prison and his good behavior. Upon his release, he gained employment as a janitor at Calvary Temple Church in Irving, Texas, and was promoted to youth pastor shortly thereafter.[8][9]

As a youth pastor, Davis was becoming recognized due to television and radio work where he spoke about his personal journey. The resulting years saw him lead his Christian ministry throughout the country, speaking in schools about his own story and testimony. In 1991, he arrived at Cornerstone Church in Nashville, having been recommended by Rev. Gene Jackson, District Superintendent of the Tennessee District of the Assemblies of God. Jackson’s recommendation was taken into account by the church advisory council, and Davis was elected to the position of lead pastor one week after his first sermon there in January 30, 1991.[10] He became a popular figure in the church community, especially due to his teachings resonating with those with a difficult past and those experiencing difficulties in life.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Maury Davis has been married since 1985 to his wife Gail who he met at his church in Irving, where she was the pianist. In 1986, they became the parents of triplets, and 1994 brought the birth of a son. All four children and their spouses have been raised in church and are active participants in ministry. Maury and Gail are now the grandparents of four, a girl and three boys.[13] Currently, Galen Davis, their oldest son, is serving as Associate Lead Pastor, transitioning over the next several years to the Senior Pastor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ GABBY SHUMATE (7 September 2015). "At the End of the Day, God's Grace Always Wins". Ministry Today Magazine. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Radley Balko (16 January 2015). "Two killings, but just one shot at redemption". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "TELEVISION AND ONLINE". Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Irving Daily News". Irving Daily News. 20 May 1975. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Brantley Hargrove (18 June 2009). ""A grieving son finds no justice on Rev. Maury Davis' path to redemption"". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Brett Wilson (6 November 2014). "Maury Davis: Pastor, Speaker, Convicted Murderer". Regent University. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Jennifer Johnson (21 October 2014). "Pastor defends giving job to convicted murderer". WSMV. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Roy Exum (20 April 2009). "Roy Exum: Who Is To Judge?". TheChattanoogan.com. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "About Maury Davis". Daystar. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Cornerstone Church's latest chapter in growth is $17M expansion". AmericaPreacher. 19 August 2013. Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  11. ^ Michael Gryboski (5 January 2012). "Assemblies of God Founded More Than One Church Per Day in 2011". Christian Post. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  12. ^ Jessica Martinez (4 July 2014). "Tennessee Megachurch Plans $15 million Retirement Center for Church Members". The Christian Post. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Killer Turned Pastor". Goldtalk. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 

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