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WCNC reported that Bishop Phillip Milton Davis, the senior pastor at Nations Ford Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina has died after accidental shooting. He was 62. Authorities were reportedly called to his home at about 1 p.m. Saturday. Officials said his wife found his unconscious at his desk.

A week of celebration turned to shock and despair for a North Carolina church Saturday when their beloved pastor, who they had toasted earlier in the week and was getting ready to celebrate his birthday, wedding anniversary and the founding of his church, accidentally shot himself in the chest as he cleaned his gun at home.

Davis founded Nations Ford Community Church in 1988 and was a preacher for 40 years. He also preached on television and traveled extensively in his work.

Bishop Claude Richard Alexander Jr. of The Park Church released this statement on Davis’ death:

Upon my arrival at University Park Baptist Church, one of the first people that I was encouraged to meet was Pastor Phil Davis. I was told of his step of faith in leaving an established church to begin the work of the Nations Ford Church.

I remember our meeting and his welcoming me to the city. I was struck by how down to earth he was as well as being focused on offering God and God’s people his very best. We all have been blessed by the wisdom of his leadership, the power and insight of his preaching and teaching, and the consistency of his example as husband, father, and now grandfather. His most recent effort to provide leadership in an effort to effect racial reconciliation among clergy and churches is but another example of a heart sensitive to the heart of God.

To say that we are saddened and shocked is an understatement. Kim and I along with The Park Family extend our deepest condolences and prayers to Pastor Cynthia Davis, the Davis family, and the Nations Ford Community congregation

We will keep them in our prayers.

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