In March 2015, Dr. Daven Watkins began serving as the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church Pelham in Pelham, Alabama. Prior to coming to FBC Pelham, he served as senior pastor for nearly seven years at First Baptist Church Pleasant Grove outside Birmingham, Alabama and prior to that he served as senior pastor eight years at First Baptist Church in Owenton, Kentucky.
He received his undergraduate degree in history from Georgetown College in 1996. In December 1999 he received his Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama and in May 2008 he received a Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary outside Boston, Massachusetts.
Daven and his beautiful wife Jane Ellen were married in July of 1996, and they have two children - Molly Grace and Nathan. Daven enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and watching Kentucky Basketball! Daven has a great passion for God and God’s people and he counts it an overwhelming privilege to proclaim the Word of God to the people of God for the glory of God.