The first African American woman police officer to be appointed a chaplain by the Chicago Police Department, Dr. Ellis Davis was also the first African American woman to receive both an MDiv and a PhD from Chicago Theological Seminary.
Author, pastor emeritus of God Can Ministries, and a former chaplain for the Chicago Police Department, Rev. Dr. Sharon Ellis Davis (DMin ’95) has been named McCormick's 2019 Alumna of the Year.
A vigilant advocate for those who have experienced sexual and domestic violence, Rev. Ellis Davis used her ministry project at McCormick to develop a faith-based Domestic Violence Ministry at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. She provided training to support victims of sexual and domestic violence, advocacy through pastoral care training, and conducted faith-based support groups for survivors. Her model was later used to help the Chicago Police Department and congregations throughout the United Church of Christ denomination develop and sustain programs to support victims of sexual and domestic violence.
Rev. Ellis Davis has served on the pastoral staff of several churches including Chicago’s People’s Church and South Shore Community Church. A member of McCormick’s adjunct faculty, her course offerings have included Sexual and Domestic Violence, Pastoral Care in the African American Community, Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis, Peacemaking in the Beloved Community… more