Dr. Joe Davis has infused Southeastern with not only his strong academic credentials but also his extensive experience in pastoral ministry and counseling. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, Dr. Davis served as senior pastor of New Exodus Fellowship, a church plant he helped start, from its inception in 1986 until 2004, when it was successfully merged with Hereford Assembly of God in Monkton, Maryland. He also oversaw that combined church until August of 2005.
During that time, he also oversaw a drug rehabilitation program and served as founder and president of the York County Pro-Life Federation in Pennsylvania. As a pastor with a heart for missions, he toured overseas setting up free medical clinics, teaching seminars, and holding evangelistic crusades.
Dr. Davis’ academic pursuit is in the field of apologetics, and his teaching philosophy is both incarnational and intentional, with the goal of helping his students to understand the strength and veracity of their faith. His desire is that his students would learn more about their faith so they can understand the practicality of the theoretical.
In addition to teaching in the classroom, Dr. Davis also travels the country as a speaker and advocate for apologetics. He travels throughout the year, holding debates at universities and “doubt nights” for youth groups where he tackles the most difficult questions about the Christian faith. In the past, Dr. Davis has debated entire faculties of local universities and ardent atheists on topics pertinent to the Christian faith. On weekends, Dr. Davis regularly fills the pulpit as a guest speaker in local churches.
Dr. Davis teaches the following classes at Southeastern: Apologetics, Principles of Ethics, Christian Thought I & II, Theology I & II, I and II Corinthians, Ministerial Leadership, Ministerial Ethics, and Pastoral Theology. His areas of current research include leadership in the early church, the history of atheism, and the office of deacon and poverty.