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southern california native

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former soccer player + coach

elder millennial 

married to heather davis

stops on the journey

traveling the globe kicking soccer balls, learning and playing soccer at the university of portland, professional soccer in chicago & boston; coaching with US Soccer, Portland, and TCU; being formed at vanderbilt divinity school, st. augustine's episcopal chapel, episcopal school of nashville, and monroe carell jr. children’s hospital at vanderbilt.

current hat

curator for emerging communities, episcopal diocese of el camino real 

the good stuff: 

gathering people, playing, theology, dialogue, facilitating experiences, learning, challenging social norms, kindness, life-cultivating-justice endeavors, nature, communion

art focus: 

curating of experiences, gathering, listening, story-sharing, community building

books on the bedside: 

living on the border of the holy, the art of gathering, en la lucha 

Hailing from Southern California, Kelsey Davis currently serves as Curator for Emerging Communities in the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real.  Before moving to CA, Kelsey completed her MDIV at Vanderbilt University with a Certificate of Religion in the Arts & Contemporary Culture, as she served as a Chaplain for Young Adults at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel and as school chaplain at Episcopal School of Nashville. She did her undergraduate degree in Theology at the University of Portland and was a student-athlete on the soccer team as a goalkeeper.  In her previous life, Kelsey was a professional soccer player, collegiate soccer coach, and US National Team Coach.  And she still currently coaches youth soccer. 




Out Loud Podcast: LGBT Stories of Faith

Episode 103: “Kelsey Davis and Showing Up to our Community”

TheoSophia: Women’s Voices in Theology

Episode 26.1 “Christmas Couple Heather & Kelsey Davis

Episode 26.2 “Marriage with the Davis’”

Written Stuff:

Ash Wednesday Reflection

The Millennial Narrative: Sharing a Good Life with the Next Generation by Jaco J. Hamman

Kelsey was one of several millennials that worked with Jaco to co-author various chapters in the book. She worked on: “The Compassionate God”

Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer by Gwendolyn Oxenham

Kelsey and Heather’s story of sport, religion, and sexuality are one of the woven narratives that make up the chapter “Play Away the Gay”

Real Episcopal Magazine: Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

Winter 2018/2019 issue: “Journey of Transformation” by Kelsey Davis

Summer 2018 issue: “Meet Kelsey Davis: El Camino Real’s new Curator for Emerging Communities”

Vanderbilt Divinity School, Senior Thesis: May 2018

“Sanctuary: A Lament of Hope

LGBT+ Youth and The Episcopal Church”


Easter Sunday 2019: Holy Family San Jose, CA: "The Way of Courage"

Maundy Thurdsay 2019: St. Dunstan's Carmel Valley: "Edge of Encounter"

2018 Diocesan Convention: Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

Opening Evening Worship Sermon: “Being Shelter

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel at Vanderbilt

August 6, 2017: “Listening is the Seed of Justice

Collective Leadership:

The Sports Creative (2018-19)

Kelsey is a board member of this non profit organization that co-designs programs with youth organizations that harness the power of sport, creativity, and the voices of young people. 

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