Rev. Dr. Don Davis, an ordained minister, and native of Wichita, Kansas, is the Founder and Director of World Impact's Urban Ministry Institute, a research and training center dedicated to equipping leaders and empowering movements for the urban church, especially among the poor, to advance the Kingdom of God in the city.
Dr. Don Davis attended Wheaton College and Wheaton Graduate School and graduated summa cum laude with both his B.A. (1988) and M.A. (1989) degrees, in Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Religion (Theology and Ethics) from the University of Iowa School of Religion (2000). Don and his wife Beth joined the staff in the fall of 1975, serving as a community minister, Director of World Impact Wichita, and as Vice President of Education. He has also served in pastoral ministries, as a church planter, associate pastor, and as lead pastor.
In addition to his current duties as the Institute's Director and as a professor in its Hope School of Ministry, Dr. Davis also serves as World Impact's Senior Vice President of Church and Leadership Development. As such, he oversees the training of urban missionaries, church planters, and city pastors, and facilitates training opportunities for urban Christian workers in evangelism, church growth, and pioneer missions. He also leads the Institute's extensive distance learning programs and facilitates leadership development efforts for organizations and denominations like Prison Fellowship, the Evangelical Free Church of America, and the Church of God in Christ.
Don has been married to Elizabeth (Beth) since February 1975. Their oldest son, Matthew David, was 26 years old when he went home to be with the Lord in August of 2003. They have two other grown children, Joanna Davis-McEligatt, an Assistant Professor of ethnic studies at the University of Louisiana (Lafayette), and Daniel, who serves as an IT and Social Media Specialist with The Urban Ministry Institute. Perhaps most important of all, Don and Beth are proud grandparents of August, 3, (belonging to Joanna and Colin), Nadia, 9, and Ellenora, 2 (belonging to Daniel and JennElaine).
- Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) - University of Iowa School of Religion
- Master of Arts (MA) - Wheaton Graduate School
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Wheaton College