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THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING
Rev. Dr. Bernadine Simon Davis
Minister of Adult Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
Bernadine Simon Davis was born May 27, 1953 to the union of Ernest Simon and Pearline Conway Simon in Marksville, Louisiana. She was the third of ten children. With the blessings of being reared in a loving Christian home, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized at Starlight Baptist Church in Marksville, Louisiana, under the pastorate of the late Reverend Clifton Jones. She remained a faithful member of Starlight Baptist Church until her move to Austin, Texas, in 1974. In the early 1980's, she joined the David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Pastor James E. Obey, Sr., and continued in 1992 to serve faithfully under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Joseph C. Parker, Jr. Esq., D. Min., Senior Pastor.
She fell in love with David Chapel where she participated regularly in Bible study and the young adults ministry. She served as vice-president and president of the single adults ministry and vice-president of Women's Mission II. She also sang in the choir. She was an active and regular supporter of the entire church. In 2001, after much prayer she accepted her call into the Gospel ministry and was licensed by David Chapel under the leadership of Pastor Joseph C. Parker, Jr. She faithfully served and preached as an associate minister and in 2007 became a full-time staff minister at David Chapel. In 2009 David Chapel ordained her as its first ordained female minister. She continued to serve and lead faithfully until her death.
She was affectionately known as "Reverend Davis," being faithful to her call, duties and responsibilities, particularly as the Minister of Adult Discipleship and Spiritual Formation and in staffing David Chapel's financial operations. In her leadership capacity she was a "go-to-person" for David Chapel members who could always count on her to assist in any way possible. Reverend Davis has served as a Christian education teacher who also developed in-house curricula and gave oversight to as many as ten ministries, to name a few: Crown Financial Ministries, Senior Adults Ministry, S.H.A.P.E., The Community Fall Harvest Festival, Women's Enrichment Ministry, Missions I and II, and New Members Ministry. She also served on the board of the David Chapel Community Development Corporation.
She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA) in 1984. In 2007 she earned her Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary (Truett Seminary) with the faculty selecting her as the Outstanding Female Graduate in her class. In 2015 she earned her Doctor of Ministry degree (D. Min.) from Truett Seminary. She had been employed by the City of Austin where she started as a clerk and rose to the level of Director as a Budgeting and Accounting Manager, where she retired. She had also been employed briefly by the Texas General Land Office.
Reverend Davis was preceded in death by parents: Ernest Simon, Pearline Simon; granddaughter, Semaya Simon; and brothers: Aaron Simon, Robert Simon, and Lionel Simon. She leaves to cherish her loving memories, her son, Quincy Simon; her grandson, Steven Simon; siblings: Michael Simon (Jessie), Earl Sanders (Mary), Gloria Augustine (Robert), Opal James (Vernon), Debra Ford (Michael), Charles E. Barnes, and Charlene Simon all from Louisiana; Gary Lee Simon (Michigan); Jesse J. Barnes, Cherie L. Leget, Linda K. Von Quintus, Billy R. Barnes, and Bruce N. Barnes all from Texas. She also had three Godchildren: Robin Carter, Bijon Simon, and Nijah Carter; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.