Who is Brothers for Christ Community Response (BCCR)?
BCCR is an organization founded by me, Rev. Steven L. Davis, Sr., Min. Cornelius D. Studifin and Lillian K. Davis in the year of 2003. The vision came to Rev. Davis while incarcerated in Ohio in 1997. It was at this time I was in the grips of addiction, contemplating suicide and on a cold concrete floor in the county jail. One thing I knew at this time was that I did not want to continue to live my life in the manner that I had been for some years. Praying to God with the hopes that he would get me out of jail I heard an audible voice say that I was going to preach his word. Not what I was expecting yet I felt a peace within concerning my situation.
I was sentenced to the minimal time and I used this time to prepare for my release. Though I did not know it at the time I was only gaining head knowledge and not the application (heart knowledge) of what I was studying. The thought of creating a sustainable outreach ministry that would assist those who found themselves in like situations as I was in was my goal, thus the birthing of Brothers for Christ Community Response.
Upon release from incarceration in Ohio I transferred my post-release control sanctions to Virginia where my mother resided. I immediately found work comprising of two jobs and I was on my way (so I thought) to achieving the level of success that would be the model for those I would assist. After only for months from my release date I reoffended and was incarcerated for the next eight years, eight months and fourteen days for the crime of robbery perpetrated during a crack cocaine induced high. It was at this point I became “Determined and Committed” to serving in my calling. I committed myself to studying myself first and then those around me.
BCCR was officially organized and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the year of 2003. From this time until today we have walked in the order of our calling and sought to serve wherever we are needed. We are seeking to be lights to those who sit in dark places and encourage them that they too can make it.
BCCR is based upon five pillars. These five pillars were determined after interviewing over 1,100 men while incarcerated as to what they believed that they needed in order to be successful upon release. These five pillars are: 1. Faith in Christ Jesus, 2. Substance Abuse Recovery/Prevention, 3. Marketable Job Skills, 4. Family, 5. Education. Though there is no specific order. BCCR is Christ centered though anyone having a need of our service is welcome if funding is available.
BCCR is comprised of several ministries within itself. Those ministries consist of: Reentry and Recovery, Feeding the homeless and less fortunate, Assisting the senior members of the community, Jail and prison outreach, Life Coaching and consulting and our most recent endeavor The Gray House. Our primary focus is assisting those who are returning to society from incarceration, rehabilitation or some other form of confinement to become and remain productive, contributing members of our community.
Steven L. Davis, Sr
Chairman of the Board
Rev. Steven L. Davis, Sr. serves as the Chairman of the board of directors. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Rev. Davis came to Bristol in 1999 to assist his mother and to make a change after being released from prison. Rev. Davis lasted a mere four months before reoffending and returning to prison for almost nine years. Since his release 11 years ago Rev. Davis has worked at creating an environment conducive to assisting those who find themselves in like situations as he once found himself (Substance addicted and incarcerated), become and remain productive contributing members of society.
Having developed this ministry while incarcerated he has since implemented the vision within the Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee region. Some of the areas of work are: active prison reentry ministry, feeding the homeless, working with youth with back to school projects, assisting senior community members, coaching/consulting Returning Residents and their families, and our most recent endeavor “The Gray House” a men’s sober living home.
Rev. Davis strives to be an example to those he assists. He is a former pastor (of 6 years), a Peer Recovery Specialist, he possesses his Master’s degree in Human Service Counseling Addiction and Recovery, he has over 39 years of lived experience, and 16 years in long term recovery. Rev. Davis is seated on several boards within the community (BFIA, Bristol Crisis Center (president), Bristol Area Ministerial Alliance (president)).
Rev. Davis resides in Bristol, VA with his wife Ann and their five children.
Vice Chair of the Boars
Mr. Landis serves as our Vice Chair of the board of directors. Tim is a retired fly fishing guide, who annually still conducts fly fishing schools and corporate events. Prior to his fishing vocation, Tim was a corporate helicopter pilot. He began his aviation career in Army in 1967 after graduating from high school Kokomo, Indiana. He flew for the military here in U.S., in Germany and as a combat assault helicopter pilot in Viet Nam. Tim is an avid outdoorsman and has camped, rafted, canoed, fished and backpacked across much of North America, the Caribbean and Europe.
He and his wife Ann have been married for forty-four years and live in Bristol, TN. They are active members of Central Presbyterian Church in Bristol, VA. Tim enjoyed mission work in Appalachia through the auspices of the Mennonite Central Committee in partnership with Central Presbyterian. He also devoted time working on more than a dozen Habitat for Humanity houses in the Bristol area.
Tim enjoys vocal soloist performances at Central and other local churches, civic events and art series concerts. His musical aspirations are simply to share his gift with other people by studying and performing more. Tim brings a unique perspective to Brothers for Christ Community Response through his experience of helping individuals who are or have returned to society become and remain productive contributing members of the community.
Ella Annette Pearson-Kane
Secretary of the Board
Ella serves as the secretary of the board of directors. She is a Community Health Access & Navigation in Tennessee Team Lead with the Tennessee Department of Health. Ella manages and leads Home Visiting Care Coordination Teams, in Carter, Johnson and Washington Counties, providing all aspects of direct and reflective supervision, coaching and training.
Ella is a qualified Social Worker and holds the Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University. In addition, Ella holds a Masters of Professional Studies Degree with concentration in Strategic Leadership from East Tennessee State University.
Ella is a no stranger to advocating for social justice and fighting against social injustice, having spent 15 years with the Tennessee Department of Health and as Chair of the Bristol Tennessee Public Housing Authority
Ella has more than 34 years of experience as a service-oriented business professional in non-profit/governmental and for profit agencies. Before joining the Tennessee Department of Health in 2004, Ella worked 25 years for a diverse range of organizations, including Tennessee Highway Patrol, City of Bristol Tennessee, Navy Federal Credit Union, Capital One Banking and Kane Trucking.
Ella specializes in creating multicultural awareness and has successfully served a range of clients to include: Bristol Tennessee Housing Authority, Bristol Tennessee Community Development Advisory Board, Carter, Johnson and Washington County Advisory Boards and Brothers for Christ Community Response Board.
Passionate about human-beings and their possibilities, Ella provides exemplary public service through helping disadvantaged individuals address, manage and resolve various social problems. Ella treats each individual in a compassionate and respectful way that is mindful of individual differences, cultural norms and ethnic diversity.
Dewayne A. Mabry
Treasurer of the Board
Rev. Dewayne A. Mabry serves as treasurer of the board of directors. Born and raised in Russel County. He has been the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Chilhowie since March 2005. He provides theological leadership through preaching and Christian Education. He also, provides administrative leadership through budget preparation and analysis, and developing annual worship and activity schedules. Represents church at local and state Baptist Associations.
Rev. Mabry is also employed as a financial and cost analyst at Universal Fibers, Inc., Bristol, VA. His responsibilities include but are not limited to a variety of accounting functions in Product Costing, Fixed Assets Accounting, Capital in Process Accounting, and Financial Reporting for New Frontiers divisions.
Rev. Mabry resides in Bristol, VA and is married to his wife Clara they have two children.
Dr. Jon Darnell
Dr. Jon Darnell is a sitting board member. He was born and raised in Kingsport, TN. He worked for 47 years in the Papermill in Kingsport through many ownership changes. While serving his community and church and working a full time job was his lifestyle. He has served on many church boards, organizations, and was often a Deacon, Elder, Sunday School Teacher or a committee leader. Dr. Jon has a heart for missions and has been to over a dozen different countries around the world. Dr. Jon retired from factory work in June of 2018 but he continues to Pastor and serve the community.
Mead Papermill in Kingsport, TN. ZD sheeter operator; Liberty Life Insurance in Kingsport, TN; Salesman Blue Ridge Glass in Kingsport, TN; Laborer Meade Papermill in Kingsport, TN; Shift Worker, ICS Apprenticeship (4 year) Supervisor of Apprentice Willamette Industries in Kingsport, TN; Millwright Supervisor of Apprentices Weyerhauser in Kingsport, TN; Millwright Supervisor of Apprentices Domtar in Kingsport, TN; Multi-craftsman Supervisor of Apprentices; Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship in Bristol, TN
Lynnview High School, Kingsport, TN, Milligan College, Johnson City, TN, Rhema University, Orlando, Florida
Agape Global Missions, Christ Fellowship, First Apostolic Church of Morrison City, Women’s Aglow Advisor, President of Bristol Area Ministerial Alliance
William J. Reid
Pastor Reid is a sitting board member. He is a native of Anniston, AL. He attended school there where he graduated from Saks High School in 1976. He furthered his education by attending Selma University, University of Alabama and Oak Park Theological Seminary, Oak Park, Ill.
Having accepted the call of the gospel ministry at an early age (10-years-old) he has served as pastor of various churches for over fifty years. He is currently the pastor of the Greater New Hope Baptist Church where he has served as senior pastor for the last 27 years.
The expertise that Pastor Reid bring to Brother for Christ Community Response stems from his service in various capacities to the communities in which he has resided. Some but not all of his services have included Snow Creek Baptist Association-Youth Director, Tennessee Baptist Missionary Convention-Statistician, Baptist General Convention of Virginia-Secretary and Vic President, Bristol Area Ministerial Alliance-President, Bristol Virginia Housing Authority-Neutral Liaison, the Community Awareness Commission and Board member of the Greater Lee Street Baptist Church’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee.
Pastor Reid is married to the beautiful Sylvia Reid. They have three children, eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. In his free time Pastor Reid enjoys music and motorcycle riding.