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Rev. Todd Davidson celebrates first year at Antioch

By JAMES W. WADE III | 9/19/2013, 11:26 a.m.
Davidson came to Cleveland from Virginia Beach, Virginia where he served as pastor of the Big Piney Grove Baptist Church. ...

Staff Reporter

There will be a powerful celebration at the Antioch Baptist Church this weekend as the Rev. Dr. Todd Davidson celebrates his one year anniversary as pastor.

Davidson came to Cleveland and made a profound impact on the community.

The anniversary celebration begins Fri. Sat. 20, with guest preacher Dr. Alyn E. Waller, pastor, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. On Sun., the guest preacher will be Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, president, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Davidson came to Cleveland from Virginia Beach, Virginia where he served as pastor of the Big Piney Grove Baptist Church. Davidson was licensed to preach in 1997, at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Norfolk, Virginia, and ordained by the Old Dominion General Baptist Association in 1998.

He was previously employed with the Norfolk Public School System as a teacher, coach, and dean of students. He also served as the assistant to the pastor, youth director, and Christian Education director at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Donald F. Taylor, Sr., pastor emeritus.

While pastoring at Big Piney Grove Baptist Church, the 142-year old church experienced phenomenal spiritual, numeric, and financial growth under his leadership. Since he has been at Antioch, he has seen a great deal of growth.

“As I reflect on my first year as the senior pastor/servant of The Antioch Baptist Church, I look back with great wonder and amazement at how quickly the year has come and gone. Time truly flies when you are having fun!” said Davidson.

“I love the people of Antioch, value the richness of our history, and I’m excited about the grand possibilities and promise we have to stand as a unique voice for relevant, relational 21st Century, intergenerational ministry. My family and I have been abundantly blessed by the richness of our new relationships, our expanding extended family, and the unyielding love, support, and encouragement we have received from the loving, spirit-filled members of Antioch Baptist Church. We are equally grateful for the resplendent reception we have received from our neighbors, community partners, the Call and Post, elected officials, and the clergy community. Cleveland is an astonishing place and we look forward to participating in our city’s continuing revitalization and renewal efforts!”

The one great quality many like about Davidson, he gets right into the meat of his sermon from the start. Known for his dashikis, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and serving God’s people.

Remembering back on his first interview with the Call & Post, he shared he desire to pastor a church called Antioch. Founded in 1893, Antioch Baptist Church is the second African-American Baptist church established in Cleveland.

Since its inception, this Cleveland historical landmark has sought to provide public worship of God and benevolent outreach to the community. With a congregation of over 1,500 members, Antioch’s history includes a 120-year service record of providing services to the community.