By Johnny L. McCray, Jr., Esquire
Bethel A.M.E. Church, Pompano Beach, 405 Esther Rolle Ave. (formerly 405 N.W. Third Ave.), where Rev. Eddy Moise, Jr. is senior pastor, will hold its annual Men’s Day Celebration service on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, 10:45 a.m.
Rev. Fredrick A. Davis, pastor of First Cavalry Baptist Church in Durham, N.C. since 1991, will be guest preacher for the special Men’s Day service. Rev. Davis, affectionately known as “Fred”, is a native of Broward County, 1974 graduate of Nova High School and is a respected preacher and com-munity activist. In 1977, Rev. Davis was licensed to preach as a Christian Minister at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale under the pastorate of Rev. George E. Weaver; four years later, he was ordained by Pastor Weaver. He is married to Judith Hayes Davis and they have three sons.
Rev. Davis entered college and graduated in 1977 from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., earning a B.A. Degree (magna cum laude) in philosophy and religion. He continued his studies in the area of Philosophy and Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center at Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta, Ga., and graduated with honors in May 1980 with a Masters of Divinity Degree in Philosophy and graduate work in the area of counseling at the Tuskegee Veterans Administration Medical Center Department of Clinical Education (1982-1983.)
He has most recently completed a year’s seminary at Duke University dealing with more in-depth racial issues. Rev. Davis has worked in various fields of ministry and received numerous awards for community involvement and activism.
Rev. Davis presently serves as a Christian Education Consultant for Urban Ministries of Chicago, Ill. and is the National Alumni President and a board member for the Morehouse School of Religion, Inter-denominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga. Additionally, he serves as the chaplain for the National Alumni Association for Johnson C. Smith University.
He is affiliated with the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and its auxiliaries; the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina; the East Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention and American Baptist Churches, USA.
He in the recent past served as school board member for the Durham District School Board. His priorities were vocational education, equity in student disciplinary action and seeking greater diversity in student and staff populations.
Rev. Davis’ Bethel visit will be the highlight of the annual men’s day celebration. His message to the men in particular expects to be powerfully up-lifting. The theme this year is — “Christian Men: Living in Christ Abundantly”. Rev. Davis’ sermon will mark the culmination of the men’s day celebration which will include a Feb. 14 public forum Real Talk: Our Community Relations and Law Enforcement. Most in our community agree that much needs to be done to rid the community of police brutality, racial profiling, and question-able, civil gun violence, etc.
The Piper High School Gospel Chorale will be the in-service choir. Several Greek-letter organizations are expected to attend as well as the Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) football team and local and state elected officials.