The Rev. Fr. Robert T. Davis has been Rector (Pastor) of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Woodinville, WA, since the Fall of 2009. He was ordained to the Diaconate on January 25, 2003, by Archbishop Robert Sherwood Morse at St. Peter’s Pro-Cathedral in Oakland, CA, and to the Sacred Priesthood on April 4, 2003, by Archbishop James Eugene Provence. After a decade at the helm, he recently stepped down as Director of the Diocesan Summer Youth Retreat.
Father Davis has studied graduate-level theology at Oxford University under J.I. Packer, Alister McGrath, Valentine Cunningham and Peter Walker, at Regent College (an affiliate college of the University of British Columbia) under the likes of Iain Provan, C. Stephen Evans and John Stackhouse, and at the University of Notre Dame, in addition to St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College in Berkeley, CA, where he trained for the priesthood. Whilst at Berkeley, he was a founding member of St. Joseph’s Compline Choir. He has participated in conferences in Great Britain, Canada, and the USA on Biblical Leadership, the Church Fathers, Creation & New Creation, World Anglicanism, and Homiletics led by Eugene Peterson, Sister Benedicta Ward, N.T. Wright, Dr. Packer and Herbert O’Driscoll. He is a member of the Fellowship of St. Alban & St. Sergius.
Before being called to Woodinville, he was for a short while Vicar, then Rector of St. Luke’s Church in Redding, CA, for more than six-a-half years, a position he held longer than had any other priest in parish’s thirty year history. By the time he left, membership was at its highest level ever (with most parishioners having arrived during his time there), all attendance records had been broken, and the parish that was slated for closure within months of his arrival had been restructured and left with substantial cash reserves. Major repairs and upgrades were made to the property, in addition to several years of preparation for the newly redeveloped and expanded church facilities. Improvements include a new church worship facility, offices, and classrooms as well as new & improved parking, landscaping, drainage, and lighting.
While he was in Redding, St. Luke’s actively assisted the work of the local Rescue Mission, Northern Valley Catholic Social Services and CareNet Pregnancy Center, provided Thanksgiving meals for needy families of the local elementary school, and was a member of FaithWorks‘ (St.) Francis Court initiative, adopting client families and furnishing apartments. At the same time, St. Luke’s especially reached out to the local homeschooling community by hosting weekly children’s art classes and history day events, in addition to a weekly physical education/ basketball class led by Father Davis. The parish also hosted the very first troop of the Frontier Girls Clubs.
On the ecumenical front, the parish enjoyed a particularly fruitful relationship with the neighboring Roman Catholic parish church. Father Davis led annual, heavily-attended (in the hundreds) joint Stations of the Cross services at Our Lady of Mercy Church while their Parochial Vicar served as a Sunday morning guest preacher and led a children’s Church History class at St. Luke’s. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento responded by licensing Father Davis to conduct services throughout their diocese.
Father completed clinical pastoral training and served as an on-call chaplain at Shasta Regional Medical Center, chaplain to the Haven Humane Society and as a religion columnist for Redding’s Record-Searchlight newspaper where he occasionally wrote on spiritual matters.
Undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas.
Paralegal/ Legal Assistant program at Houston’s Center for Advanced Legal Studies.
Graduate theological studies at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford; Catholic Theology at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN; Graduate Diploma & Anglican Studies program at Regent College in Vancouver, BC.; and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology at St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Theological College in Berkeley, CA.
Clinical pastoral training through Shasta Regional Medical Center and various other hospital systems in California.
Contract investigation, legal briefing and preparation of criminal cases for prosecution for a number of law enforcement entities such as the FBI and DEA.
Buyer/ manager for one of the nation’s largest classical music retail stores in Houston, TX; buyer/ coordinator for the nation’s largest music retailer’s major store openings throughout the South and Southwest.
Guest lecturer at Simpson University (Sacramental Theology) and the Redding Adventist Academy (Development of the English language) in Redding, CA.
On-call hospital chaplain at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, CA.
Chaplain to the Haven Humane Society in Redding, CA.
Director of the Diocese of the Western States Summer Youth Retreat.
Nominations Officer for Diocesan Synod.
Diocesan Marriage Tribunal.
Papers and Publication
Various articles and reviews published in the Houston Chronicle and popular Internet music and arts portals during the 1990s.
Papers on Anglicanism, Postmodernism, Biblical interpretation, Søren Kierkegaard and more supervised by the likes of J.I. Packer, Alister McGrath, Peter Walker, Valentine Cunningham and C. Stephen Evans.
Ordination and Licenses
Licensed Eucharistic Minister and Lay Reader in the Diocese of Idaho (Episcopal).
Deacon, St. Peter’s Pro-Cathedral, Oakland, CA, January 25, 2003.
Priest, St. Luke’s Church, Redding, CA, April 4, 2003.
Licensed to conduct services in the Diocese of Sacramento (Roman Catholic).
Youth Leader, Parish and Diocesan Commissions on Ministry member, Licensed Lay Reader and Eucharistic Minister at St. Michael’s Cathedral (Episcopal), Boise, ID (1999 – 2001).
Lay reader, Altar server, preacher, chorister and founding member of the Latin Compline Choir during training for the sacred priesthood at the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea in Berkeley, CA (2002 – 2003).
Rector of St. Luke’s Church, Redding, CA, and Priest-in-Charge of Church of the Holy Family, Arcata, CA, from April 2003 – August 2009.
Rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church, Woodinville, WA, from August 2009.
Married to Cynthia
Two children: Genevieve & Geoffrey
One English Cocker Spaniel: Jacob