Meet another member of the many-sided faith community in South Florida. This week we're talking with the Rev. Marcus Davidson, spiritual leader of New Mount Olive Baptist Church, Fort Lauderdale, which will celebrate its 93rd anniversary this coming Friday.
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Title: Pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church, Fort Lauderdale, since November 2009.
Education: Bachelor's degree in mechanical enginering technology, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Normal, Ala.; master's degree in biblical studies, Heritage Bible College, Huntsville, Ala.; master's degree in divinity, Birmingham, Ala.; doctorate in ministry, Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, Kingston, Jamaica.
Personal: 36. birthdate. Born in Tuscumbia, Ala.
Family: Married to Yvokia, a housewife. Children: One daughter.
Q: Is it unnerving to step into the pulpit of a large, influential church like Mount Olive?
A: Not so much unnerving as an exciting challenge. A lot of people suggested that I needed to fill Dr. Carter's shoes -- an international preacher. I decided to fill my own shoes and build on his legacy.
Q: What are the hallmarks of your pastorate?
A: I have a passion for preaching and a love for administration. I think the church is a powerful tool to redirect the focus of a community. A pastor has to be involved in the running of a church. And he has to be the preacher and teacher to affect the thinking of a congregation to be the persons who touch other people's lives.
Q: You're using a lot of social media?
A: Yes. A lot of people in churches steer away from that, but I like it that people read Bibles from cellphones or take notes on Blackberries. The church that doesn't move in that direction will be left behind.
Q: What's your favorite vacation spot?
A: Anywhere in the Caribbean. I like the water and the weather and the cuisine. It takes me away from everything.
Q: Favorite film(s)?
A: One of my all-time favorites is the movie "Seven," For the way those sins can be detrimental to a person's life, yet they couldn't break away from it.
Q: Favorite music? Favorite performer(s)?
A: I like smooth jazz, it's real relaxing. And for the paper, I should say I like gospel music (smile).
Q: Your most memorable spiritual experience?