Dr. Davis was born in Boston, Massachusetts where he later earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1984. He then began his career as a Mechanical Engineer with Eaton-Nova Corporation in Beverly, Massachusetts. He was married to Christine Lee Rogers on May 14, 1988, and they have two sons and three daughters. Dr. Davis started his seminary training while working as an engineer and earned his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1990. In 1992, Dr. Davis resigned from his engineering position to pastor the New Meadows Baptist Church in Topsfield, Massachusetts. In 1994, the Davis family followed the call of the Lord to Tokushima, Japan, where they were involved in church planting through the International Mission Board. In 1998, Dr. Davis graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, with a Ph.D. in Church History. In October of 1998, Dr. Davis accepted a call to be the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church, Durham, NC.
Andy was born and grew up in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. It was there, at the age of five, that he accepted Christ as his Savior. After graduating from Siloam Springs High School, he attended Oklahoma Baptist University where he received his degree in Secondary Math Education. While attending OBU, Andy was involved in the youth program at a local church and was very active in the Baptist Student Union. Upon graduation, Andy spent two years working with the Baptist Student Union at the University of Arkansas. During that time, he married his high school sweetheart, Elisa Crenshaw, and began planning to pursue his seminary education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. In July of 1998, he and his wife moved to North Carolina, and have been involved with FBC Durham ever since. Andy and Elisa look forward to building relationships with the youth, their families, and the church body. His purpose in ministry is stated in Colossians 1:28, which says, “And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom so that we may present every man complete in Christ.” Andy and Elisa have three sons, Jackson (13), Micah (10), and Braden (4), as well as their daughter Aubrey (8).
Daniel grew up in Cleveland, OH, where his father served as a pastor and his mother a music teacher. His family moved to Charlotte, NC, when he was 16. It was there that he met his future wife, Danielle, in a high school government class. After high school he attended Liberty University. Although Daniel professed faith in Christ as a young child, it was during his college years that Daniel began to see evidence of God’s saving work of grace in his life. Daniel sang on a ministry team at Liberty, and graduated with a BS in Biblical Studies. From there he moved to Raleigh to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Soon after moving to the area, Daniel began serving at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh. He then came on staff at Providence, serving 8 years with the college ministries and 1 year as Assistant Worship Pastor. Daniel is excited to join the staff at FBC Durham as Assistant Pastor, and is eager to shepherd the worship ministry faithfully. Daniel has written and recorded 4 albums, most recently a family worship album. Daniel married Danielle in 2002, and have 3 beautiful girls, Bennett (2006), Eden (2008), and Mercy (2010).
Mr. Kevin Schaub, Assistant Pastor/Elder
Kevin was born and raised in the small West Texas town of Pampa, Texas. He was raised by Christian parents, and as a child, he was saved by Jesus, and his life since then has never been the same. After Kevin graduated from Pampa High School, he attended Wayland Baptist University where he would later graduate with a degree in Religion and English. Upon graduation in 2005, he moved across the country to start his seminary education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. After just a year of seminary, Kevin moved back to Texas and began working for the registrar at WBU so he could be closer to his college sweetheart, Bekah. It was there that he asked Bekah to marry him, and one month after the wedding, they moved out east to Wake Forest in July of 2008 so that Kevin could finish his seminary training. Kevin and Bekah first visited First Baptist Church in Durham in August 2008, and have been there ever since. In April of 2010, he accepted a call to serve on staff at FBC as the Director of Family and Youth Ministry. His ministry goal is to disciple youth and young adults and to help families by working with parents to raise godly young men and women who will be equipped to live Christianly in their daily world and culture where they live.
Matthew was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Temple Hills, Maryland. He was raised by Christian parents and lived in walking distance of Hillcrest Baptist Church. While at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Matthew focused his ministry to children and youth creatively challenging students to live for Christ. He served as Assistant Director of Children’s Church and organized and spoke at “True Love Waits Conferences.” In 1996 he attended Prince Georges Community College in Largo, Md and transferred to Washington Bible College in Lanham, Md. During that time, he meets the love of his life, Zinnada Morgan, and married her on July 29, 2000. They have 3 daughters Zenail, MaKayla, Zianna and one son, Matthew, Jr. On April 28, 2002 Matthew was Licensed to preach the gospel and served as Associate Minister at Hillcrest Baptist Church. In 2005, he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to complete his education at Southeastern College. He has been on staff as Director of Urban Ministry at First Baptist since June of 2008. His vision is to see people in the FBC zip code 27701 converted to Christ, and progressing in Christ likeness in word and action in every area of life for the Glory of God.
Kyle Mercer was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his degree in Finance from Elon University in 2007. After college he worked for Campus Outreach and served as the Campus Director at UNC-Greensboro for five years (2007-2012). While there he met his beautiful wife Margy, and they were married in 2010. They have two children, Addison (2 years old) and William (2014). Kyle is currently finishing up his MDiv at Southeastern Seminary.