Scott Davis named new Lynchburg District superintendent

Feb. 8, 2016 - Bishop Young Jin Cho announced today that he is appointing the Rev. Scott Davis, senior pastor of Aldersgate UMC in the Charlottesville District, to be Lynchburg District superintendent, effective July 1. Davis will replace the Rev. Larry Davies who will leave the Cabinet after serving as Lynchburg DS since 2008.

"I have discerned that the Rev. Scott Davis, senior pastor of Aldersgate UMC in the Charlottesville District, has the gifts and graces needed to serve the Lynchburg District," Bishop Cho said. "Scott has demonstrated effective and faithful ministry in each of his appointments and has a strong commitment to his spiritual disciplines. He has the gift of bringing out the best in people and possesses a compassionate heart. Scott is also a life-time learner and knows how to manage change. I pray that this new appointment will be a blessing to the churches on the Lynchburg District and to the entire Virginia Annual Conference. Your prayers for a smooth transition for Scott, his family and Aldersgate UMC will be deeply appreciated."

Bishop Cho also offered praise for Davies and his service on the Cabinet.

"His love for both clergy and laity and his positive attitude and leadership skills have been great assets to the churches on the Lynchburg District, Cabinet and our Annual Conference," Bishop Cho said. "Additionally, he has provided exemplary leadership as chair of the steering committee for our All Things New-Equipping Vital Congregations program. May the Lord continue to bless Larry and his family as he returns to his beloved parish ministry."

Davis said he was "surprised, humbled and honored" to be asked to serve as a district superintendent, "especially knowing Bishop Cho's careful, intentional practice of discernment."

As a DS, Davis said he wants to "listen well, help discern God's vision for our next steps in ministry together, discover and develop the gifts of the clergy and laity and think strategically about how to make disciples of Jesus Christ in this part of Virginia and during a time of many changes in the culture around us."

Davis is a native of Davis Wharf  on the Eastern Shore. He spent his childhood on the water and on the family farm where they specialized in sweet potatoes and pork production.

He completed his education at Virginia Wesleyan College (1984, Bachelor of Arts in Humanities), Candler School of Theology at Emory University (1987, Master of Divinity) and through continuing education which included the Reynolds Program in Church Leadership (2013).

Davis was appointed to Aldersgate UMC in 2010. Prior to that, he served at Trinity UMC, Alexandria District; Nimmo, Norfolk District; Broomwood-Clapham Circuit, Central London, British Methodist Church; Emmaus UMC, Lynchburg District; and as chaplain at Virginia Wesleyan College.

He has served in a variety of conference leadership positions, including Board of Ordained Ministry, chair of the Board of Church and Society, chair of the Annual Conference Site Selection Committee and Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry.

He and his wife, Laurie, an art teacher at Nelson Middle School in Nelson County, are parents of Sarah and Jordan, young adults who live and work in Charlottesville.

Davis said he enjoys running, hiking the Appalachian Trail and surrounding environs, scouting out great coffee and sharing date nights each week with Laurie.




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