The Late - Reverend John W. Davis became pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in June 1981. A native of Ghent, Kentucky, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Davis. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and retired as a First Sergeant in 1962.
On Thanksgiving Day 1972, he received the call to preach. In 1976, he was ordained at Mount Zion Baptist Church. He graduated from the Washington Baptist Seminary in 1977 (serving as Student Council President for three years) and from Lynchburg Bible College in 1979. He earned his Bachelor of Bible Theology degree from the International Bible Institute and Seminary in 1984 and his Doctor of Divinity in 1985.
Rev. Davis was the Statistician of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Washington D.C. & Vicinity and represented the 700 Club in area. His desire was to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. He says, "I would preach the Word of God if there were but one unsaved soul on earth."
Rev. Davis and his wife, the former Ruth Burns of Burnsville, North Carolina. They have two daughters, the late Lanie Frazier and the late Helen Young, seven grand children and six great-grandchildren.