After pastoring in Detroit, MI for approximately 10 years, Pastor Vera Davis an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, joined the staff of South Central Ohio District COTN, as the Multicultural Ministries Church Planter in February 2011. Since her arrival in Columbus, she’s developed a curriculum entitled B.L.E.N.D.E.D. (Believers Learning to Embrace New Dynamics in Ethnic Diversity) and taught to the district churches.. The curriculum empowers congregations to embrace their changing communities. Currently, she has planted and pastors Journey Ministries COTN. Pastor Vera has completed the requirements and is a certified church planter through the COTN and Dynamic Church Planting Int’l.
Entering 2014, she was led by God to send out a daily word of empowerment. The inspiration came from the writings of the Book of Nehemiah with a focus on his ability to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days. Though there are only 13 chapters in Nehemiah, Pastor Vera did a thorough study and exegeted powerful truths and inspirations. She developed a burning desire to share it with others and began posting the inspirations to her contacts and on her facebook page. The inspirations were posted for over a thousand souls. The request became so numerous that she is now editing the posts for a daily devotional that you can look for in the months to come.
Pastor Vera is the founder and visionary of the annual Multicultural Ministries Women’s Retreat which has been held annually in Columbus, OH. The women in attendance have gathered together from across the United States and as far as Italy. Our retreat has been specifically designed as a place to empower women of all cultures and ethnic makeup. However, our main focus, in this event, is to serve the attendees in the spirit of excellence and rest as a pruning ground that impacts everyone. This retreat is specifically designed to have fun, be uplifted in your spiritual walk and to empower a sisterhood that lasts forever! The retreat is in it’s third year and has already exceeded expectations in attendance. This year the theme is, “Sisters on Purpose!” James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. We will gather together to repent, pray, praise and to heal. We will leave restored, lifted, full of joy and set free. We will return home as better women for our families, church, communities and our nation. But most of all, we’ll leave the retreat and live as “women who has stepped into their future!”
What does Pastor Vera have to say about all God is doing?
“Ministry is my sacred place! It is the place where I serve, create and show forth the manifestation of His glory in my life. Without ministry I would be nothing! I am humbly grateful to God for the many relationships that I’ve built down through the years. I consider it an honor for God to have chosen me to lift and love the people He has brought into my life. I’m thankful for my immediate family, their prayers, love and their support. My son Royce Davis, daughter Annika Purvis, the most energetic and adorable granddaughter, Lawren Mattie Purvis, who works with the Lord to lead and guide me every step of my day! I can’t forget to honor the spirit of my mom, Mother Mattie Williams (a great pioneer in the church) my sister Vivian and two brothers, Curtis and Carolus Williams.” The scripture that I stand on today is Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord like rivers of water, God turns it wherever He wishes!” “Yes, ministry is my sacred place and I thank God for turning me!”