Gaskin Lecture

Rev. France Davis

Date: October 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: GC 218

Categories: Chapel

“Black Baptists in Oklahoma: 1990-Today”

Keynote Speaker Rev. France Davis

"Everybody has worth and value, nobody is nobody, everybody is somebody." –Reverend France Davis

Rev. France Albert Davis was born in a small town in rural Georgia to parents of faith. After high school, he attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, and in 1966 joined the U.S. Air Force where he served as an aircraft mechanic.

Rev. Davis earned his B.A. degree in rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. degree in religion from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He also earned his M.A. degree in mass communications from the University of Utah, and Master of Ministry degree from Northwest Nazarene College.

Rev. Davis has been the pastor of the Historic Calvary Baptist Church of Salt Lake City since 1974. In 2014, he retired from the University of Utah as adjunct associate professor emeritus. He has written several publications including Light in the Midst of Zion: A History of Black Baptists in Utah, and his autobiography, France Davis: An American Story Told. He lectures widely on cultural and religious topics.

Rev. Davis lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife, Willene. Together they enjoy two daughters, a son & daughter-in-law, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.