Rev. DeWayne L. Davis, Senior Pastor of All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church since 2013, is a cleric ordained by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) in 2012, with expertise in social justice analysis, advocacy, and organizing. He serves on the MCC Global Justice Institute’s Public Policy Team, representing the denomination’s public policy advocacy initiatives at the state and federal level. Rev. Davis previously served as the Domestic Policy Analyst in The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations (2008-2012) where he represented before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Office of the President the domestic social policies established by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention and Executive Council. In the capacity, he organized the Episcopal Church’s advocacy for marriage equality in Washington, DC at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Prior to his transition to professional ministry, Rev. Davis served as legislative aid for U. S. Representatives Peter Visclosky (IN) from 1994-1995 and Chet Edwards (TX) from 2000-2002 and as Appropriations Committee aid to Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) from 2002-2005, advising and managing such public policy issues as LGBTQ rights, transportation, health care, financial services, housing, judiciary, and law enforcement. Following his service in government, Rev. Davis served as Director of Federal and Industry Relations for Sallie Mae, Inc., from 2005-2008, where he lobbied and briefed Members of Congress and their staff on regulation of student loan financing and federal government collections as it affected Sallie Mae and managed and distributed campaign contributions through Sallie Mae PAC.
The fifteenth child of Elder William Birkett Davis and Missionary Delcia Davis born and raised in Mississippi, Rev. Davis holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Howard University (1993) and an M.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park (1998). Rev. Davis received his Master of Divinity degree with honors from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 2012. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating in May 2020. He previously served on the Board of Directors of OutFront Minnesota and remains active in the effort to ban conversion therapy and address anti-LGBTQ violence. He has more recently been appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Kaleo Center at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and serves on the Board of Directors of Clare Housing and the Community Advisory Committee of Hennepin Healthcare.
Rev. Davis currently lives in Minneapolis with his husband of twenty-eight years, Kareem.
(This biographical statement provided by DeWayne Davis.)
Biography Date: February 2020
Clergy Activist | MCC | Marriage Equality | African American