Rev. Matthew E. Davis

There is a Celtic tradition that remembers and portrays John, the beloved disciple, leaning against Jesus at the Last Supper. It is understood that John is listening for the heartbeat of God. Then, as now, Jesus calls each of us to move forward from our reclining positions at the table and to come close in order to listen for God’s heartbeat within the creation, the community, and the conflicts tearing at the seams of the world. I am called to serve a dynamic congregation whose stories of isolation are transformed into the story of God’s love. We are called into the Presence of Life without which there would be no life. By sharing one’s story of Good News, we transform the isolation of our individual lives into a tapestry of God’s love. My calling is threefold: in the name of Jesus Christ invite people to the table, nurture people around the table proclaiming God’s hope, and send people from the table to share the Good News of the Kingdom of God. In respect to all three actions, I am committed to reach out to people celebrating and building up the community of faith through my curiosity, diverse experiences, and love of people. I am a preacher who is a courageous leader able to listen, adapt, lead and implement. God calls me to listen for the heartbeat of God alongside a dynamic congregation. I am blessed to grow with my family: my bride Jennifer Davis and my son Hudson and my daughter Drew.

07/2015-Present: Mendocino Presbyterian Church in Mendocino, California. Head of Staff. Art Colony and Village in Northern California. MPC is the oldest Protestant congregation in California. 150 members averaging 100 in worship.

08/2007-07/2015: The Lamington Presbyterian Church in Bedminster, New Jersey. Pastor. Hamlet one hour west of Manhatten. LPC is the oldest Presbyterian Church founded by colonists in 1740. 310 members averaging 120 in worship during academic year.

08/2003-08/2007: First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Associate Pastor of Mission and Pastoral Care. Downtown public church and the oldest Protestant congregation in New Mexico. 500 members averaging 250 in worship.

05/1999-08/2003: Southminster Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Associate Pastor for Youth and Families.Suburb of Pittsburgh. 2000 members averaging 500 in worship.

08/1997-05/1999: Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. First Class of Lake Fellows: Residency in Parish Ministry.Metro leadership. 4000 members averaging 800 in worship.

08/1996-06/1997: Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania. Youth Leader for Middle School and Senior High Ministries. Suburb of Philadelphia. 3900 members averaging 600 in worship.

08/1994-08/1995: McCracken Presbyterian Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Princeton Fellow: Comprehensive Pastoral Internship. Middle Class Belfast congregation. 600 member averaging 200 in worship.

05/1994-08/1994: Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona. Pastoral Intern for Native American, Hispanic and Anglo congregation. Inner-City. 180 members with 120 in worship.

September 1993 to May 1997:
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey Degree: Master in Divinity
Honors: McCracken-Princeton Fellow in Belfast, Northern Ireland for 1994-1995
September 1989 to May 1993:
Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Anthropology and Religious Studies
Honors: 1992-93 GTE Academic All-District At-Large Team 1993/ 1993 Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Student Leader in the Field of Athletics/1992-93 Captain of WU Swim Team/ 1993 Regional Champions and Quarter-Finalist in NCAA III Soccer Championship Tournament/ UAA Conference Soccer Champions in 1989, 1991, and 1992/ NCAA III Championships: Provisional Qualification Time and School Record in 200 Medley Relay/ Lamda Alpha National Honor Anthropology Honor Society/ Golden Key Honor Society/ Mortarboard National Senior Honor Society/ Teaching Assistant for Anthropology 495 “Native American Cultures Since 1492”