Dr. Matt Davis
As the Chief Executive Officer for Maranatha Baptist University, Dr. Davis serves in leadership over all operational and academic units. He received a Business Management degree from Maranatha and a law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law. As a young man he followed God’s call to enter the legal profession in order to serve the Lord in legal ministry. As a “legal missionary” attorney for the Christian Law Association in Florida, he began his career litigating religious liberty cases and advising thousands of Christians and ministry leaders on legal issues facing churches, including Christian education, ministry employment, risk management and religious liberty.
In 2007, Dr. Davis moved to Wisconsin and founded the Davis Law Firm in Watertown and assisted in the founding of Eternal Vision, a charitable foundation devoted to supporting quality Christian education, of which he now serves as president.
He joined the MBU family at that time as an adjunct professor. In the summer of 2010, he began serving full-time at Maranatha as Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and Corporate Counsel. Just over a year later he was promoted to Executive Vice President by Dr. Marriott.
His wife, Dana, leads Maranatha’s Online & Distance Learning division, and his three sons, Tim, Mike, and Eric are all receiving their education from Maranatha.
Dr. Davis is “all in” on the campus of MBU. Whether it’s cheering for the student athletes, expressing his love for the students from the chapel platform, encouraging faculty and staff, praying with students in his office, leading his small group Bible study, advocating for students in financial need, or supporting the ministry mission with passion, Dr. Davis serves with dedication.
He is also “all in” in his local church where he serves as deacon. One of the highlights of his week is serving as the leader of an Adult Bible Fellowship, teaching God’s word and caring for the needs of members.
He is a devoted Chicago Cubs fan and loves his ridiculous dogs, Chewey and Buster.