Joyce M. Davis, a respected journalist and non-profit CEO who serves as the Lay Leader of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, has been selected as coordinator of United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania.
As the coordinator, she will work with advocacy leaders from the Eastern Pennsylvania, Susquehanna and Western Pennsylvania conferences to increase awareness of legislative activity related to the denomination’s Social Principles and encourage local church members to engage in advocacy as a means of living out their faith.
Rev. Dai Morgan recently retired from the position after serving faithfully since 2015.
“The three bishops in Pennsylvania are grateful for his service among us,’ said Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi of Western PA, where Morgan previously served as a pastor. “He did a wonderful job monitoring legislative and government actions while educating, resourcing, and empowering United Methodists across the Commonwealth to engage Pennsylvania legislators and other state officials on policy issues.”
Bishop Moore-Koikoi said a search process showed that Joyce Davis is extremely well-qualified for the position.
“Joyce comes to this position with extensive, award winning, national and international experience in journalism and advocacy,” Bishop Moore-Koikoi said. “Currently she is the Outreach and Opinion Editor for PennLive.com and The Patriot-News. She is also the President/CEO of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, part of a network of World Affairs Councils in America that provide a platform for engaging youth and adults in discussion of international issues to promote global awareness and understanding of cultural diversity.”
In her extensive journalism career, Davis also has served as the Communications Director for the City of Harrisburg and has held various positions with National Public Radio.
She is married to Russell Goodman, a United Methodist pastor in the Susquehanna Conference, and they have a son named Cole.