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France A. Davis

Reverend Mr. France A. Davis

Adjunct Associate Professor

Phone: 801-581-5206

Email: pastor@calvaryslc.com

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Born: December 5, 1946, Cooper’s Town, Burke County, Gough, Georgia, USA
Married: Ms. Willene Witt, September 1, 1973 three children: Carolyn, Grace, France two grandchildren: Cedric, Viviene great grandson: Marcel

Religious Training

April 3, 1966 Certificate of License to Preach
1966-1967 American Baptist Seminary Student
1971-72 Bay Cities Bible Institute Student
December 5, 1971 Certificate of Ordination, Center Street Baptist Church, Oakland, California Rev. R. L. James, Pastor
1978-1980 Certified Seminary Extension Instructor
1979-1983 Golden Gate Baptist Seminary Student
1992-1994 Northwest Nazarene College, Masters of Ministry

Church Experience

February 1972-present Calvary Baptist Church
Salt Lake City, Utah
Pastor, Chief Administrator, Bible Teacher, Preacher, Counselor, Community Voice (February 1974-present)
Interim Pastor 1973-74
Associate Minister 1972-73
1970-1972 Center Street Baptist Church
Oakland, California
Associate and Youth Ministe
1968-1970 St. Paul Baptist Church
Boise, Idaho
Assistant to the Pastor
1974-1980 Utah-Idaho Baptist Association
Moderator (1977-80)
Vice Moderator (1974-77)
1979-1981 Salt Lake Ministerial Association
1990-1996 Intermountain General Baptist Association
Vice Moderator (1990-92)
Moderator (1992-1996)
February, 1996 & 1998 National Baptist Convention Foreign Mission
Member of the South Africa Preaching Team
1996-2008 National Baptist Congress
Assistant to the Dean
1996-2004, 2005 Advisor and Vice President, IGBC
2009 National Baptist Congress
Fifth Vice President

Academic Education

1964 Waynesboro High & Industrial School
Waynesboro, Georgia
1964-65 Tuskegee Institute
Tuskegee, Alabama
1967-68 University of Maryland
1971 A.A Laney College
Arts and Humanities
1972 A.A Merritt College
Afro-American Studies
1972 B.A Univ. of California
1977 B.S Westminster College
1978 M.A University of Utah
Mass Communication

Teaching Experience

1972-present University of Utah,
Westminster College,
Southern Baptist Seminaries,
Utah Institute for Biblical Studie
1999 Professor (Lecturer)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Communication
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Radio and Television Announcing Minorities and the Media
News writing and Reporting Racism and Sexism
The American Experience The African-American Experience
Black Rhetoric Minority History Survey
Literary and Cultural Arts Dramatic and Narrative Poetry
The Gospel of Saint John Black Theological Perspectives
Christian Discipleship Old Testament
How To Be The Leader New Testament
Education in the Small Church Preaching


Articles in The Intermountain Observer, The Voice, The Laney Tower, The Broadax
“Communication: The Negro Spirituals,” KUED Television, February, 1973.
“Perspectives of Black Literature,” KUER Radio, weekly, 1974.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Modern Day Moses,” KUTV, January, 1975.
Commentary on “Program Has Opened Doors for 20 Years,” published in the Salt Lake Tribune, January 27, 1994.
Light in the Midst of Zion: A History of Black Baptists in Utah 1892-1996.” "University Publishing, Salt Lake City, Utah February, 1997.
“Utah in the ‘40s: An African American Perspective.” "Beehive History 25, Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah 1999.
Ministers Training Manual. 2001, revised 2003.
"France Davis: An American Story Told," The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Utah, October, 2006.

Established France A. Davis Scholarships

Following is a list of scholarships named after Pastor France A. Davis in recognition of his commitment to providing educational opportunities to deserving students of color.

2002 Rev. France A. Davis Diversity Scholarship, Rowland Hall St. Marks School, Salt Lake City, Utah.
2006 France A. Davis Scholarship, The Waterford School, Sandy, Utah.
2007 Pastor France A. Davis Scholarship Fund, Office for Diversity, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  France A. Davis Scholarship, Salt Lake Theological Seminary, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  France A. Davis Scholarship Endowment Fund, Ransom Everglades School, Miami, Florida.

Honors and Awards

1971 First Place, California Rhetorical Analysis
1972 First Place, California Oral Interpretation
1974 Special Teaching Citation in Journalism, University of Utah
1975 Salt Lake NAACP President’s Award
1975 Beehive Elks Community Service Award
1978 Who’s Who in the West
1979 OICA Torch Bearer Award
1980 Utah Idaho Baptist Association Service Award
1984 Salt Lake NAACP Civil Rights Worker Award
  Ogden Air Logistics Center Citation
1985 Utah State Prison Appreciation
1986 Weber State Black Scholars Outstanding Image Maker
1990 Salt Lake NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. Award
1991 Ambassador, SLC Conventions & Visitors Bureau
  Liberty Bell Award
  Charles E. Bennett Human and Civil Rights Award
  Utah Quiet Pioneer
  New Horizons Community Service
1992 US Small Business Administration Advocate of the Year
  Utah State University, Distinguished Service Award, March 10th
1993 Quintus C. Wilson Alumni Achievement Award, Univ. of Utah
  Turner-Fairbourn Peace & Justice Award
  Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Utah
  Governor’s Humanities Award
1994 Utah Minority Bar Association Church & Community Award
1995 IBPOE of W 1st Annual Image Award, May 20th from the Beehive Elks Lodge #407, Education Department
1996 Keynote Address Speaker for the Defense Distribution Depot Ogden Breakfast Observance in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  Keynote Address Speaker for UOIC’s 22nd Anniversary, March 22nd
1997 Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaker, January 15th, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Mountain Home, Idaho
1997 Martin Luther King, Jr. NAACP Banquet Speaker, January 18th, Pocatello, Idaho.
  The National Conference Utah Region Annual Humanitarian Award, March 13th, Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  Appreciation Award, Black Affairs Office of the Governor, June 7th, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, SLCC.
1997 Recipient of the 1997 Inaugural Utah Father of the Year Award presented by the Father’s Day Council-Utah, June 12, 1997.
1999 1999 Proclamation signed on April 19th for Rev. France A. Davis Day in recognition of 25 years as Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church and community leader in the greater Salt Lake City community area.
  Recipient of the Catholic Community Service, Service Award November 10, Salt Lake City, Utah.
2002 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Dixie State College.
2003 PGM Thomas Jefferson Riley Citizen of the Year Award presented by the M.W. Prince Hall Grande Lodge F. & A. M. Colorado & Jurisdiction, August.
2004 Outstanding Alumni & Distinguished Service Award, Department of Communication, University of Utah, April.
  Elizabeth B. Wells Memorial Award, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Baltimore, MD, October 13th.
2005 Guest Preacher, Utah Day, Washington, DC, National Cathedral, February, 2005.
  Pete Suazo Social Justice Award Recipient, April 1, 2005.
  Continuum of Caring Award presented by Christus St. Joseph Villa, April 7, 2005.
  Utah State Bar “Distinguished Community Member of the Year”, November 11, 2005.
2006 Utah Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission 2006 Drum Major Award, Volunteer of the Year, January 13, 2006.
  Received Official Citation from the Utah House of Representatives in recognition of outstanding service to his community, state and nation, February 20, 2006.
  Honoree at the Waterford School Scholarship Banquet, Waterford School, Sandy, UT, April 27, 2006.
  Named Best Samaritan, Salt Lake Magazine, August 2006.
  T.K. McCarthey Silver Hope Award, 28th Annual Dinner of Champions, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, September 13, 2006
  Featured Keynote Address Speaker for the 2006 Coalition for Utah’s Future Common Good Awards
2007 Recipient of the Westminster College Distinguished Alumni Award, September, 2007.
  "France Davis: An American Story Told," The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Utah, October, 2006 received the 2007 Utah Book Award in non-fiction from the Salt Lake City Public Library, Utah Center for the Book, October, 2007.
2008 Received the “National State Director of the Year Award”, December 4, 2008 from the Department of Christian Education Accreditation and Credentials, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
2011 Recipient of the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Embracing the Dream Award, Salt Lake Community College, January 16, 2011.
  Ruby Award Recipient, Spirit of Unity Multicultural Conference, Layton, Utah, March 28, 2011.
  Distinguished Teacher Award, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Beta Epsilon Chapter, April 5, 2011.
  Recipient of the Education, Health & Humanitarian Assistance, Pioneer of Progress Award, July 13, 2011.

Community Activities

1974-91 Utah OIC Chair of the Board
1974 Member, Kappa Tau Alpha
1974 Sigma Delta Kai
1974-77 Governors’ Policy Council Member
1975-85 Utah Board of Corrections (Member & Chair)
1975-96 Salt Lake NAACP Board Member
1976- Alberta Henry Education Scholarship Committee
1980-82 Tribune Common Carrier Editorial Board
1982-98 OICA Executive Board and Secretary
1985-86 Martin Luther King, Jr. Utah Holiday Chair
1985-86 Mignon Richmond Park Committee Chair
1989-2004 Salt Lake City Housing Authority (Member, Vice-Chair & Chair)
1989- Salt Lake County Career Service Council
1989- Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau
1991-2000 Utah Endowment for Humanities Speakers Bureau
1996 Host for the Western Regional Youth Conference, April 25-28, 1996
1996 O. C. Tanner Symposium on “Values & Liberty”, Utah State University, April 10-12
1996 1996- Trustee, Intermountain Community Care Foundation
1999 Presenter, GIFT Marriage Conference, September 24th
2001 Led Calvary Baptist Church to complete new 47,000 square foot facility
2002 Graduation Speaker at Dixie State College
2003 Graduation Speaker at Clearfield Job Corps Center, Clearfield, UT November, 2003
2005 Graduation Speaker, Salt Lake Lutheran High School, Salt Lake City, UT June, 2005
2007 Appointed as a member to the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees
2008 Appointed to the Utah Board of Regents

Military Service

1981 Military Citizen of the Year Award
1970 U. S. Air Force Honorable Discharge
1968 Commendation Medal
1968 Maintenance Man of the Quarter