Dean and Gail Davis
Dean and Gail Davis have given themselves to the work of fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission as missionaries with One Mission Society since 1984. Dean’s passion in ministry is to equip church planters to start church planting movements. Gail’s burden is to equip missionaries to thrive in cross-cultural ministry.
Dean and Gail’s first ministry assignment with OMS was as church planters among the Saraguros of Ecuador’s southern Andes Mountains. The Davises found that ministry to be extremely challenging and ultimately extremely rewarding as churches were started and Saraguros began to follow Jesus. They were instrumental in the establishment of Good Shepherd Radio, as well as a Bible institute ministry for the Saraguros. After 12 years of ministry to the Saraguros, the Davises moved to Quito where they continued their church planting and leadership training ministries. As they served among Ecuadorians, the Lord brought sharper focus to Dean and Gail’s call to ministry. Gail’s burden expresses itself in training adults for ministry. Dean’s burden is to multiply local churches, which reproduce themselves through evangelism, discipleship, and the training of leaders who start new churches.
Gail serves as a missionary coach, helping missionaries fit and flourish in their roles. Dissatisfied with the results of lecture-style education, Gail has empowered dozens of OMS missionaries to use interactive adult learning (IAL) to equip and release men and women for ministry. She has also been instrumental in helping missionaries use personal coaching to empower local leaders to carry out effective ministry. IAL and coaching are becoming hallmarks of the Every Community for Christ (ECC) ministry since they fit so very well with One Mission Society’s high value on empowering national leaders to win their nations for Christ.
Dean led ECC from 2005 to 2018. His key contribution was to transition ECC from one-at-a-time church planting to church multiplication. This greater emphasis on New Testament patterns of discipleship, leadership training, and church structures required vision casting and the training of workers at every level in church multiplication principles and practices. By God’s grace, this reorientation has yielded great fruit; decisions for Christ increased from the tens of thousands each year to the hundreds of thousands. Worshiping groups established through Every Community for Christ ministry partnerships increased from hundreds each year to thousands. Dean’s greatest joy is to see men and women transformed by the power of the Gospel.
Now Dean serves as senior strategist for OMS’ Global Ministries Department. His current ministry focus is the development of Village Church Planting in Africa. Gail’s coaching focus supports missionary candidates as they prepare to serve with OMS.
The Davises welcome opportunities to encourage believers in the use of their God-given gifts, talents, and experiences to expand the kingdom of God. Dean is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Asbury Theological Seminary. He is currently working on a doctor of ministry degree at Columbia International University. Gail is a graduate of Asbury College and Azusa Pacific University. They are proud parents of three adult children and grandparents to two wonderful grandchildren.