Jeffrey "Jeff" P. Davis, Jr., Pastor
Pastor Jeff Davis accepted a call from First Safety Harbor in August 2022. He was our guest preacher on August 28th, and he officially began his duties on September 1st.
Jeff is an 8th-generation Floridian. He grew up in a Christian family, and his parents demonstrated an excellent example of how to show God's love. He was very involved in youth activities in his family's church. He attended elementary, middle, and high school in the Clearwater/Safety Harbor area. During those early years, Jeff knew he was being called to do ministry.
Jeff followed his heart and passion to Florida Christian College where he graduated with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry. He spent the first 9 years of his career as Director of Youth and Family Ministry at Presbyterian Church in the Highlands in Lakeland. Later he found his way bay to his roots in Clearwater as Director of Youth and Family Ministry and Church Communications at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clearwater for the last 8 years.
During this time, Jeff felt led to keep growing in his ministry. With the support and encouragement of Trinity Clearwater, he attended Dubuque Theological Seminary where he completed his Master's of Divinity. Jeff has been patiently waiting for God's time for him to be called to lead a church as a pastor.
Jeff's passion for the community of Safety Harbor led him to seek the position at First Safety Harbor. The Holy Spirit led Jeff and the Pastor Nominating Committee members to seek to serve Safety Harbor together as we continue to be a sailboat church for Jesus.
Jeff's wife, Justine, and his 3 children: Emma (14), Blake (12), and Lukas (10) are excited to embark upon this journey with Jeff as he accepts his first call to pastoral leadership. He is a passionate fan of all Tampa professional sports, faithfully cheering for the Bucs, Lightning, and Rays. He also has family ties to the University of Florida and the University of South Florida - so Go, Gators! and Go, Bulls!
Look for Jeff giving the invocation at Safety Harbor City Commission Meetings and participating with the church family in Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Leisure Services events.