About our pastor

MEET our pastor:

Dr. Towanda Theresa Davila-Davis is a native of Miami, Florida and graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a BS Degree in Communications and a Minor in Broadcast Journalism. She received her post graduate degrees, Masters in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University and a second Masters and Doctorate of Theology from Z. E. Brown Bible College.


Dr. Davis worked in the area of Human Services for more than 32 years in various areas of State and Federal Government. She also held many positions in leadership and training in her career.

Prior to her retirement from the State of Florida, in December of 2018 she served as the Florida Training Director for Social Security Disability for the Division of Disability Determinations. Currently Dr. Davis works in the Commissioners and Mayors Office as the Aide for Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox.  In her role as the Pastor of Elevate Church Tallahassee, her goal is to lead the people to the heart and the presence of God. 


Dr. Towanda Davis

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Dr. Davis is also the founder of the Cancer Knockout Foundation and El Rapha Ministries. She continues to be a very active member of Life Changers Church of God in Christ where she serves as a Board Member, Finance Manager, and an Adult Bible Study Teacher. She is also a licensed Minister of the Church of God in Christ.  Dr. Davis is very active in her community as a volunteer. She currently serves at the local level as Chaplain with the Tallahassee Jack and Jill of America and as the Regional Multimedia Coordinator for the South Atlantic Region of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  In 2018 Dr. Davis was selected as one of 25 Women you need to know by the Tallahassee Democrat.   She is also the owner and operator of Ashely Graphics, Multi-Media & Web Design and Towanda Davis Photography.


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Dr. Davis is married to Christopher Davis.  They have been married for over 23 years.  Dr. Davis has one daughter, Kameryn Davis, of whom is her pride, joy and gift from God. 


Dr. Davis loves the Lord and shows it in how she serves His people. She is passionate about winning souls for Christ and believes that the Lord gave her an unconventional ministry with an unprecedented anointing to do just that....WIN SOULS! 


Elevate Church Tallahassee was birth through one of her most difficult times in life...during her second diagnosis of Cancer.  Yet, in spite of her physical struggles, she believed that she heard the Lord say "The time is now."   Just as Abraham did, Pastor Davis stepped out in faith..trusting in God. God has and continues to confirm His word that He is with her "every step of the way." 


Dr. Davis is inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in challenge and controversy.”


One of her favorite quotes is by Marianne Williamson "May every aspect of my being be converted to Truth. May every cell fall into place and serve a higher plan. I no longer wish to be who I was. I wish to be more."