Greg Davis has been selected to succeed Joe Godfrey as head of ALCAP and American Character Builders, which represent Alabama Baptists on moral issues in the legislative and public sphere.
Davis’ selection was announced this morning (Sept. 24) following a called joint meeting of the boards of Alabama Citizens Action Program and ACB. The boards of directors conducted a joint search for a new executive director following Godfrey’s retirement announcement in March.
John Killian, director of missions for Fayette Baptist Association and chair of the search committee, said the team began with the determination to “seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit” to find a leader “who could relate well to churches, raise necessary funds and work well to influence legislators.
“We believe God sent us His precise man in Greg Davis.”
Davis called it “a privilege” to step into the leadership role with ALCAP and said he has a “lot to live up to.”
“ALCAP has only had two leaders over the last 45 years — Dan Ireland for 30 years and Joe Godfrey for nearly 15. That’s a lot to live up to,” Davis said.
“This new role is important to me, and by making this change, I’m answering God’s calling on my life,” he said. “I love Alabama and remain personally committed to serving our Lord here until He’s finished with me.
“I look forward to traveling the state meeting and listening to pastors and legislators so I can better understand how to represent and relate to them.
‘Critical moral issues’
“There are many critical moral issues that will greatly determine the future for our kids and grandkids in Alabama. It’s important that ALCAP keep representing Christian values.”
Godfrey praised Davis’ selection.
“Greg has also been a vocal advocate for the moral issues on which ALCAP and American Character Builders stand,” Godfrey said. “The future for both of these ministries will continue under Greg’s leadership. I look forward to working with him over the next few months during these days of transition.”
Davis currently serves as president of First Priority Alabama, a nonprofit organization providing resources for student-led initiatives to promote faith in the public sphere, including support for faith-based, student-initiated campus clubs in public middle and high schools. He hosts Priority Talk, a daily radio show that focuses on positive news with a Christian perspective, something he plans to continue in his new role with ALCAP and ACB.
Davis knows he has “big shoes to fill” and said he looks forward to collaborating with Godfrey, who plans to mentor Davis during the 2022 legislative session before officially retiring in April.
“Joe has been great and has done this for a long time successfully,” Davis said. “I hope in time to be as effective as he’s been.”
Chris Crain, executive director of the Birmingham Metro Baptist Association and chair of the ALCAP board of directors, said he and other board members have “complete confidence” in Davis’ leadership.
“Greg is an incredible leader who will continue to build on the tremendous legacy of ALCAP and ACB,” Crain said.
Davis has a degree in secondary education from University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s of divinity from New Orleans Theological Seminary.
He and his wife of 24 years, Sandi, who is a speech language pathologist at Corner Middle School and Corner High School, have two children, Trent and Meagan. Davis and his family are members of Highpoint Community Church in Empire.
Davis will be president and chief executive officer of ALCAP and ACB, a title change also approved in this morning’s meeting in keeping with other nonprofit organizations, Crain said.
The boards also voted to keep Godfrey on in a contract role following his retirement April 30, 2022, to serve as a consultant with both organizations.
For more information on ALCAP and ACB, go to alcap.com.