Rev. Terry Davis
As Northwest’s eighth called minister, Rev. Terry Davis brings broad experience to her role, including management, marketing, development and pastoral care expertise. Prior to arriving at Northwest in August 2012, Terry served as Minister of Pastoral Care for Eliot Chapel, a 550-member Unitarian Universalist congregation located in St. Louis, Missouri. There she oversaw Eliot’s pastoral care program, as well as provided guidance and support to Eliot’s small group ministry program and hospitality team. She also led adult Sunday worship services and a monthly “children’s chapel” worship service for Eliot children in grades K through 5.
Terry graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008. She completed a one-year chaplaincy residency program at Emory University Hospital Midtown in 2009, where she served as the maternity center and women’s health chaplain. She was ordained at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, where she was a member for 20 years. Terry also served on the board of trustees for the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation, one of only two UUA-affiliated organizations. Prior to pursuing UU ministry, Terry had a 25-year career in marketing and communications, including 15 years as founding CEO of an Atlanta-based communications firm whose clients included The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, UPS, the United Way, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and other corporations and nonprofit agencies. A native of Washington, DC, Terry has called Atlanta home since 1978. She and her spouse Gail Hyde live in Atlanta’s Morningside neighborhood.
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Affiliated Community Minister
Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis
On August 18, 2013 Northwest commissioned Rev. Joan Armstrong Davis as Community Minister. Joan is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister with 30 years of experience as a parish-based pastor, educator and counselor. A 1989 graduate of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, she finished her residency in pastoral care at Emory University Hospital in 2003 and has also done post-graduate work in conflict resolution, mediation and trauma intervention and prevention.
In collaboration with Rev. Terry Davis, Rev. Armstrong Davis will have specific involvement with NWUUC’s pastoral care team in providing support, co-facilitation and professional backup. She also has a standing invitation to preach at NWUUC at least once per congregational year. She may officiate at member weddings and other rites of passage at Rev. Terry Davis’s request.
In the UU tradition, community ministers have a calling different from a congregational minister like Rev. Terry Davis. Community ministers serve the cause of Unitarian Universalism outside of the congregation as chaplains, pastoral care counselors, or as executives or advocates in a variety of nonprofit settings. Community ministers essentially address the social and spiritual needs of persons and organizations outside the direct care of the congregation.
Since 2008, Joan’s ministry has led her to focus on working with couples of all faiths, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds who are seeking to enter into that most sacred covenant known as marriage. Joan brings to her ministry, called Your Vows, the philosophy that “a wedding is for a day, but a good marriage can enrich and sustain you for the rest of your life.”