Growth seems to follow Davis wherever he goes. He began in ministry as an associate pastor who started and led a college group, Chi Alpha at Tennessee Tech, which under his care became the fastest growing and most successful Chi Alpha ministry in Tennessee. More recently (2005), he began pastoring Life Church (formerly Cookeville First Assembly), which has since grown over 30-fold, with attendance growing from 65 to over 2500 in just a few years. “Overall, we’ve grown very quickly. It’s very humbling…people’s lives are being changed. I give God the credit here. He’s the CEO of this church and we’re all just people working for him.”“Our primary vision here,” says Davis, “is to reach the lost. There is nothing more important than seeing people come to know Jesus, and see His love transform their lives.”
Bobby Davis never expected to write a book. As a matter of fact, he never really wanted to. But, that has all changed. Davis, who is the pastor at Life Church, is now the author of two books: Saved But Still Enslaved: Breaking Free from Strongholds, and more recently I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost: A Not So Spooky Book About the Holy Spirit.” “People about 10 or 15 years ago said I should write a book and I just said “No. I don’t want to do it,” Davis recalled. “Even when I was an associate pastor and doing college ministry I had some people tell me, “You should write a book because your messages stick in people’s minds.”The 46-year-old Davis didn’t have writing a book on his mind until he took a sabbatical from his position at Life Church a couple of years ago. Davis had taken over a church that had less than 100 people attending to what is now arguably the fastest growing church with more than 2,600. It was during his sabbatical that he realized God had more in store for him than just preaching.! “God can only lead you when you don’t know where you are going. You only stop and ask directions when you don’t know where you’re going,” said Davis. “I think God was trying to say ‘you think you know where you are going but you don’t.“I didn’t even see it,” continued Davis. “There was a greater purpose. It’s so much more clearer now. I didn’t know what God was doing.”
Davis has been able to reach thousands of people with his testimony about addiction. Because of his own experience with drugs Davis wants other people to be able to break free from the stronghold that almost ruined his life. “It’s that topic that tackled me,” Davis said. “That book is my life. I was saved, but enslaved. I was saved at 12 years old, but at 15 I started dabbling with something that I never thought would take me somewhere in my 20s where I was almost killing myself with drugs.” “What I want people to get out of it is that some people think because they are enslaved, they are no longer saved,” Davis explained. “They feel like they have to keep getting saved every Sunday. No, you can have a stronghold and you can be saved and still be enslaved. It’s just how do you deal with the strongholds.” Bobby Davis is the Lead Pastor at Life Church – a nondenominational church which is located at 2223 N. Washington Ave. in Cookeville, TN and sees between 2500 and 3000 attend on any given weekend.