Bishop Lindsey Davis was assigned to The Louisville Area effective September 1, 2008. He was elected to the episcopacy in July 1996 from the Kentucky Conference and was assigned to the North Georgia Area, where he served for 12 years.
Born in Durham, North Carolina, Bishop Davis spent most of his life in Kentucky and holds degrees from Union College, University of Kentucky, Lexington Theological Seminary and Kentucky Wesleyan College. He was ordained Deacon in 1978 and Elder in 1981. Bishop Davis served as Associate Pastor at First UMC of Lexington, Senior Pastor at Mayo Memorial UMC and St. Luke (Lexington) UMC and Superintendent of the Lexington District. He was Assistant Director, Office of Educational Development at the University of Kentucky College
of Medicine; Director of Educational Development, University of Alabama, College of Community Health Sciences; and Consultant for the Department of Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine before entering the ministry. Bishop Davis co-chaired the Uniting Transition Team for the Louisville Area in 1996. He served as a delegate to General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 1992 and 1996.
Bishop Davis has served on the General Council on Ministries, as Director of the General Board of Global Ministries and President of UMCOR. He served on the General Council on Finance and Administration from 2004-2012 and as its President from 2008-2012. He was a founding member of Path 1, our denominational new church planting emphasis and served on the board from 2004-2012. He is currently Chair of the Audit Committee of GBGM, Vice President of Emory University Board of Trustees and a member of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Board of Emory University.
Bishop Davis is married to the former Jennifer Mink of Pineville, Kentucky. Their children are Laura Ellen Miller, an elementary school teacher and her husband, Dustin, a partner in Government Strategies, Inc., who live in Lexington, Kentucky; and John Lindsey Davis, a mortgage loan officer and his wife, Jennifer, a real estate attorney, who live in Woodstock, Georgia. They have three grandsons, Jackson Lindsey Davis, Davis Scott Miller and Blake Warner Miller and one granddaughter, Taylor Ann Davis.
Cheryl Gaines Tolbert was born in New Orleans, raised in the United Methodist Church and participated in many youth activities and musical programs. Throughout her young life, Cheryl played piano and flute and sang for various church, school and civic events.
Cheryl attended Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, with Piano being her major area of study, complemented by a minor in Voice. For her graduate studies, Cheryl remained close to home and attended Loyola University of the South in New Orleans, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Music Education.
Over the years, Cheryl accepted teaching positions in New Orleans, Trenton, New Jersey and Chattanooga, Tennessee. She presently practices in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to 45 years of teaching vocal music in elementary, middle and high schools, Cheryl has shared her gifts in church, having served as Minister of Music for multiple congregations. Cheryl is currently a member and vital asset to the music department of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.
Cheryl’s great love of music and people has guided generations of children to be their very best. She has had a very rewarding career, not only as a musician and teacher, but also as a “teacher of life.” Many of Cheryl’s students are successful adults and maintain contact. Her unwavering commitment to faith in God has been her strength during challenging times as a teacher, wife, parent and grandparent. Having been strengthened by faith, she has also developed wisdom, by which she has guided others, as a beloved mentor.