On July 1, 2008 I became the Director of NFL Programs for PAO (Pro Ahtletes Outreach). PAO is a conference based pro to pro ministry that has been around for 36 years. I have been on the board of PAO for the past 7 years. I decided to step back from coaching after two short years and enter into full time sports ministry. My job with PAO is to equip the strong to do the work of an evangelist, encourage the weak to continue to keep the faith and finally to expose the lost to the greatest story that has ever been written. I work closely with groups like AIA (Athletes In Action) and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). Together we try to reach the world through sports. I am both challenged and humbled by this vision daily.
While in New England I served as one of the Pastors at Living Waters Christian Church in Attleboro and Norwood Massachusetts. I was ordained on May 20, 2007 by the IFCA (International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies). My responsibilities included but were not limited to the teaching and preaching of Gods word. This calling I accept humbly but by no means do I take it lightly. (James 3:1)
I am still in awe of our great Lord and Savior for counting me worthy of ministering the word of God to His Saints. (1 Tim 1:13) Along with those responsibilities I am also the Chaplain for the New England Patriots football club. This is the same team I played my final four seasons in the NFL. I retired from the NFL after 11 seasons on March 1, 2007.
My responsibilities include, but are not limited to organizing weekly men's and couples bible studies. I also plan speakers for our weekly Chapel services that take place the night before every game. I do my best to serve the flock that God has entrusted to my care.
I was born and raised in Kansas City Kansas. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 1997 with a degree in human resources. It wasn't until 2001 when I preached for the first time at St. Louis Family Church in St. Louis, Mo under Pastor Jeff Perry, that I realized that I was going to be a preacher one day.
I have a tattoo on my right arm, which I regret but cannot change; and both my ears are pierced. This turns some legalist away from accepting me as a minister.
I guess to sum up my life, I would say I am a man who although had grown up in Church and was baptized at age 11. I knew exactly who Jesus was in my head, but had no relationship with Him what so ever. That caused me to live in sin for a long time.
When I made it into the NFL and that didn't fill me up, I tried all that the world holds dear to fill the void that was in my life. I even got married to my college girlfriend and that didn't work.
One day the Chaplain of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers asked me a question that still rings in my ears today. He said, "Donnie, if you died today, where would you spend eternity?" My answer was "heaven" of course. He then took me to Matthew 7:21.
This scripture says not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. He then asked me a second question. "Donnie are you doing God's will?" To which I said no. I gave my heart to Jesus that day.
I thank God for the men that He put in my pathway to influence me on this journey called the Christian life. The first of which was Danny Wuerffel in New Orleans. Then coach Tony Dungy Hardy Nickerson and Chaplain Doug Gilcrease in Tampa. Next it was Aeneas Williams, O.J. Brigance, Kurt Warner, Erinie Conwell and Pastor Jeff Perry in St. Louis. After that many men have poured into my life one of which is Dr. Voddie Baucham. All of these men reached down into the very core of my being and shock my world. They are all men of Impact. They are men I want to emulate. They are all men who loved me enough to teach me. I hope I have a fraction of the influence in someone's life that these men have had in mine.
|Copyright, 2007 by Don Davis Ministries.|