Rev. Hilda R. Davis, PhD, LPC
Dr. Davis is the Founder of Hilda R Davis Integrated Wellness. She works with clients face to face and long distance through technology to offer
Accountability coaching for meeting health goals,
Flourishing in Transition (FIT) workshops,
Counseling for life events, and
Guidance for those who want to complete their book project.
She has combined her vocational interests in spirituality and wellness to offer programs and ministries in congregations, government and private agencies, and educational institutions. Her work in local congregations led to the publication of her book for women, Live Healthy & Be Well: Create an Action Plan, which offers Bible stories, meditation, and activities that lead to a wellness action plan.
Her experience as a former editor at the United Methodist Publishing House was employed to guide the writing of several authors including Angella Current Felder whose seminal work, The School of Dreams in the Valley of Hope: The Africa University Story, is an important historical publication. This inspirational narrative recounts the first twenty years of Africa University from the initial vision to its flourishing as a significant educational institution for the people of Sub-Saharan Africa and for the United Methodist Church.
As former Project Manager for the Global Health Initiative for United Methodist Communications, the communications agency for the United Methodist Church, she was part of the initial team that laid the foundation for a $100 million dollar campaign to eliminate malaria in five African countries.
It was an honor for her to serve in the Executive position as the Founding Director of the Faith Based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Health where she reported to the Commissioner of Health, Rev. Dr. Kenneth Robinson. As Director, she cultivated public health and faith collaborations across the State, designed and led trainings in congregations to promote healthy behaviors, and developed a multimedia curriculum for building a health ministry, Power in the Pews: Having a Heart for Health.
Davis has taught at both Vanderbilt Divinity School and Tennessee State University. Her collaboration on research projects at both Meharry Medical College and the Cancer Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center focused on the disparities in breast cancer mortality rates for African American women, cancer and spirituality, and faith and chronic illness. As a former Chaplain at Vanderbilt Cancer Clinic and Metro General Hospital, Dr. Davis combined the theory from her research with practical life skills and brought healing to people who needed a caring presence.
Davis received her doctorate in Religion and Psychology from Vanderbilt University. She has both undergraduate and master’s work in Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Tennessee. She is an ordained Deacon and licensed as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church where she continues to work through developing classes and retreats in health and spirituality. She has a daughter, Erin A. Grimes, who makes her proud and a three-year-old granddaughter, Ryan Lilliana.