Pastor James H. Davis grew up in the Mechanicsville community in Knoxville, TN. After receiving Christ in his life, he left the nightclub scene and the drug dealer's lifestyle. God took this former drug dealer and night club owner, saved him, and gave him a divine assignment to see our urban communities as well as our cities throughout this region freed from the grip of the enemy. Pastor Davis has declared war on the enemy by implementing aggressive and Christ-centered programs that are designed to minister to both the spiritual and physical needs of the people. He believes this is important to build strong churches and communities.
Pastor Davis has been recognized for his efforts to facilitate racial reconciliation and to build diverse communities. He has received numerous awards from the Mayor of Knoxville for community leadership and service. He has also been recognized for his efforts in gang mediation and curbing gang violence. In October 1990, Pastor Davis was chosen as one of the leaders from Knoxville to go to the White House on behalf of the Empowerment Zone, concerning the necessity for funding Knoxville and urban communities. Pastor Davis was awarded the "Man of the Year Award" at the Black Men and Women's Expo in 1996. In 2005, Community Shares awarded Pastor Davis with the "Danny Mayfield Champion of Change" award for his commitment and leadership abilities to make social change. In January 2008, the Martin Luther King, Jr. commission awarded Pastor Davis with the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in the community. In May 2009, the 100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville awarded Pastor Davis with the Leadership Award for excellence in leadership in the city of Knoxville. The University of Tennessee Chapter of National Black Social Workers recognized Pastor Davis for his commitment to children and families in the East Tennessee area.
Pastor Davis is highly respected not only in his own community, but also throughout the city of Knoxville, the state of Tennessee and the United States of America.