A familiar face has returned to lead the Parker Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Walter Davis is the new pastor at the Parker Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on North Broad Street. Davis is a city resident and former minister at Parker Memorial.
The Rev. Walter Davis is the North Broad Street church's new pastor. He had been a minister there for six years before being named pastor of the Price Memorial AME Zion Church in Pittsfield, Mass., in 2010. Davis, a city resident, is pleased to be back and is looking forward to the work ahead.
"I can do more," Davis said of his return.
The two-hour commute to Pittsfield was long for the city resident. Sometimes Davis would take the train to Springfield and a bus to Pittsfield. If a church member was sick, he couldn't get there as quickly as he wanted to.
"Now I'm here in the community," Davis said.
Davis is a native of New York City, born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. He said he was called to the ministry as a teenager, when he experienced strong feelings that gave him the desire to help people for God.
"I wanted to preach to help," Davis said.
In the 1980s, Davis was in need of a change. He left New York for Connecticut. He lived in Hartford for awhile before settling down in Meriden, where he met his wife, Connie, through mutual friends. They have two daughters, Tiffany and Nisha. Tiffany Davis just finished her freshman year at Maloney High School.
Davis went to seminary school and works at the Central Connecticut Dialysis Center on Research Parkway as a dialysis technician. He attended Parker Memorial throughout the 1990s and became a minister there in 2004.
Sunday will mark Davis's second sermon at the church as pastor. Last week he did see some familiar faces in the pews, but he noticed that membership dwindled.
One of Davis's goals is to build up the membership. He plans on reaching out to some of the members who left. Other goals include letting the community know about the church, preaching the truth and not "brow-beating" members for money, Davis said.
"There's some rebuilding that needs to be done as far as the spiritual aspect goes," Davis said.
Source: My Record Journal | Kimberly Primicerio