Reverend Carl Edward Davis, 66, was called home to eternal rest on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at 6:05 pm. He was born to the late Hosea Davis and Ruth Davis on February 28, 1955.
Carl’s spiritual faith journey was ever evolving and a constant ongoing process. His faith journey started with his God-fearing great grandmother Annie Mae Hargrave who taught him his first prayers. She along with his grandmother Alice and mother Ruth raised him and had no problem applying their “board” of education to the “seat” of his knowledge. Because of these three women standing on the word of God, Proverbs 22:6 came to fruition. “Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
In 1989, Rev. Dr. Davis rededicated his life back to God. He joined Bethel Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York under the auspices of the late Rev. Dr. W.J Hall. He served on the choir, usher board and the board of Deacons. There was an urging– a burning desire to do more. In 1994, at Bethel Baptist Church, Carl preached his initial sermon and received his ministerial license. In 1995 Carl was ordained.
Rev Davis' faith journey had taken him from the streets of urban New York City, to the Midwestern corn fields of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa (NCAA Div. II Football),back to New York City, twenty years of secular employment with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 3. 1995-1997 back to school to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies at the New Rochelle School of New Resources, (New York Theological Seminary Campus (1997-2000) to the Ivory towers of intellectual academia at the Princeton Theological Seminary earning his Master of Divinity. While attending Princeton Theological Seminary, he completed his ministry field studies at First Baptist Church of Princeton, Princeton, New Jersey under the divine leadership of Pastor Rev. Dr. Felicia Thomas-Parrish. In January 2001, Rev Davis was called to serve in his first pastoral position at First Baptist Church of Ken-Gar, Kensington, Maryland.
During his pastorship, Rev. Davis preached the gospel of Jesus Christ, taught and lectured Bible study, developed. and established church and community outreach programs (i.e. Feed the Homeless, Time Talent and Treasure Workshops, New Disciples Orientation, Vacation Bible School and Bible Café, traditional and virtual prayer meetings, Brotherhood- Young Lions Rite of Passage Mentoring Program). As a Community Ambassador, Rev. Dr. Davis established partnerships with Washington Area Food Bank (FBC) and with community leaders to renovate a local community center and secured grant funding from Montgomery County for church renovations. Rev. Davis had a passion for, visiting the sick and shut-in, comforting visitations, inmate counseling, marriage counseling and family counseling or just simply telling one to try Jesus!
In March 2016, Rev. Dr. Carl E Davis was named interim pastor at First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, PA. Serving God’s people and the community until August 2017. As history stands, Carl was the first African American to serve in this capacity.
From 2007-2021, Dr. Davis served in many capacities at the Maple Springs Bible College and Seminary; Professor of Theological studies, the Department Chair, the Dean of the MSBBCS and lastly the Acting Executive Vice President.
Rev. Dr. Carl Edward Davis was affiliated with, and served, many Christian organizations throughout his faith journey.
Senate Representative to National Ministers Council Executive Committee [ABCUSA]
ABCOTS (American Baptist Churches of the South)
Ministers Council [ABCOTS Area 1, ABCUSA Region of the South]]
NBCUSA (National Baptist Convention USA)
UMBC OF Maryland (United Missionary Baptist Convention)
Black Ministers Conference, Montgomery County, MD
NAACP, Montgomery County, MD, SCLC Montgomery County MD
Kensington/Chevy Chase Ministerium
Rev. Dr. Davis publications include: Together in Ministry: A Male Perspective Minister: A Journal of the American Baptist Ministers Council, Speaking to the Practice of Ministry: Ministers Council, American Baptist Churches USA, Valley Forge PA, Vol. XXX. No.1-2007 pg.32
Rev. Dr. Davis was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Davis, grandmother, Alice Hargrave, great-grandmother, Annie Mae “Ya-Ya” Hargrave, father, Hosea Davis, brother Hosea “Buddy” Davis, and aunt, Mable Carter.
Rev. Dr. Carl Davis leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of 21 ½ years, Ivera R. Cammon-Davis, two sons, Carl Edward “Squeaky” Salis and Shaheem Claudell Gumbs, mother-in-law Eloise Cammon, Aunt Freda, sister, JoAnn Davis-Johnson (Michael Johnson), aunt Deannie Harison. Sister and Brother-in-laws, Juanita Cammon, Deborah Atkins (Bruce), Eleanor Jackson, Jonnie Gordon (Theodore), Aimee Junious, Grandchildren, Aniyah Gumbs (mother -Stacey Ann Lindsay) Jayden Taylor, Amare Gumbs, Aiden Gumbs (Mother-Ashley Garnett), nieces Majel Huff, (Al) Shawanna Jackson, Shanell Moton, Keviana Junious. His nephews, Clifford Saunders, Robert Cammon, Ronald Atkins, Isaac Atkins, Larry Morton, Justin Juniuos.” cousin Lester “Chuggy” Carter, God daughter, Danielle Washington, longtime friend and sister in Christ, Barbara Miller and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends.
It has been a faith journey: As II Timothy 4:7-8 reads “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. It is not goodbye, but, see you later!
The number of persons that will be able to attend the funeral service is limited. Please check with the family before coming to the service. Masks are required. Each adult will need to sign a COVID Waiver Form affirming they have not had any COVID related symptoms or been in contact with anyone with COVID in the last 2 weeks.