Rev. Dr. Chuck Davis responded to a call to be the senior pastor of Stanwich Congregational Church in the summer of 2007. His passions include teaching and preaching the Word of God, connecting people with their life purpose, encouraging individuals to health and growth in the journey of life, and leading the church to reach out to the marginalized.
Chuck has been active in vocational full-time ministry for over 30 years, in roles as pastor, missionary and seminary professor. He grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, in a Christian family in which both grandfathers were pastors. Chuck sensed God’s call on his life throughout his youth, and his family remembers that even as a young child Chuck would frequently announce that he was called to preach. He graduated from Nyack College with a B.A. degree in Bible and subsequently earned Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS).
After graduating from seminary, Chuck served as Senior Pastor of an Alliance Church in Clark, New Jersey, for five years. During his time as pastor in Clark, he took a group to West Africa to build a Bible School. From this experience he began to sense a calling to work internationally. He returned to ATS as a part-time student while pastoring to earn a Masters in Intercultural Communication to prepare for this new call. In 1990, Chuck and Ingrid moved their family to Mali, Africa, to work as missionaries under the auspices of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Chuck and Ingrid spent 3 years learning the French and Bambara languages, and then worked in a team setting to plant churches and train leaders. During the last four years of his 10-year missionary service, Chuck served as a Field Director, supervising 40 missionaries and serving as a liaison with the Malian National Church.
In 2000, Chuck began a seven year assignment as professor of Intercultural Studies at ATS. During that time he began his studies at Fordham University and earned a PhD in Sociology in January 2012. Chuck has authored and edited three books: The Bold Christian (formerly Authority Encounter), Leadership Wisdom: Growing in the Art of Leadership, Jonah and Me: On Mission with God. The Bold Christian is now also translated into Spanish - El Cristiano Atrevido.
Chuck has been married to Ingrid for 35 years. He considers their marriage a treasure, not only because they are such good friends but also because Ingrid is actively involved in serving God alongside him. Ingrid is a gifted teacher, life coach, mentor, and public speaker.
Chuck and Ingrid have three adult children: Linnea, Christian, and Jordan.