GOD. FAMILY. COMMUNITY.
We are a multicultural, nondenominational church ministry that actively pursues opportunities to impact the lives of others for Jesus Christ. We are especially privileged to serve those impacted disparately by the Flint Water Crisis, such as children, the needy, and senior citizens in our community.
Meet Our Pastors
Anthony J. Artis
Anthony Jerome Artis knew at the tender age of six years old that he would be a preacher. While he didn't know what all this would entail, he received numerous prophecies that he'd be like Jeremiah the prophet. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and was baptized at Foss Avenue Baptist Church where his first pastor was Reverend Dr. Avery Aldridge.
In junior high, Anthony's mother, Juanita Artis, led the family to join Pentecostal Tabernacle Church of God in Christ (COGIC). He received the gift of the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) during his collegiate years in his early 20s. On December 19, 1992, Anthony was blessed to marry Davida Jo Blake. At the age of 27, Anthony was licensed to preach on November 13, 1994 by Reverend Marvin A. Jennings, Sr., the Senior Pastor at Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church (Flint, MI). He, Davida, and their two sons (Blake and Isaiah) relocated so Anthony could attend The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA. He completed one-half of the requirements for a Master of Divinity (majoring in Homiletics and Theology) from 1998 to 2003. In 2003, they returned to Flint, MI and were active in several ministries. In 2010, Anthony was hired as the first African-American on the pastoral staff at Faith Tabernacle Church in Burton, MI where he served as an Associate Pastor (from 2010 to 2014).
In 2014, Anthony and Davida co-founded Dedicated Believers Ministries, which is a multicultural, nondenominational church and is based on the Word of God. All sermons are from The Holy Bible. The church's mission is: to promote the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ, to advance the kingdom of God, to seek and to save the lost, to make disciples, and to make the world a better place! Our motto: "We are dedicated to God, family, and community!" Dedicated Believers Ministries (DBM) is an IRC Section 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, public charity, and nonprofit organization (and has been one and in good standing with federal, state, and city authorities since November 6, 2014. We are civic-minded and community-oriented with ministry and outreach activities that help impoverished individuals (adults, children, and seniors), needy people, poor persons, struggling families in Flint, MI; Burton, MI; the Greater Flint area; Genesee County; and abroad. One of our primary programs is: The H.E.L.P. Center. The acronym stands for: Helping, Encouraging, and Lifting People. The H.E.L.P. Center provides assistance, new products, and resources to help the general public and those in-need, especially the impoverished, poor, and vulnerable.
Pastor Davida Artis is the cofounder and co-pastor of Dedicated Believers Ministries (DBM) in Burton, MI with her husband of over 29 years, Pastor Anthony J. Artis. Together, they have two wonderful adult sons, Blake and Isaiah.
She teaches, preaches, leads the Praise Team, and regularly encourages the Body of Christ. Her voice also has aired on the church’s weekly radio broadcast for almost four years. On May 6, 2018, she officially became the co-pastor of Dedicated Believers Ministries after serving over two decades alongside her spouse (since his initial sermon on November 13, 1994). Davida has great business acumen and is a blessed financial steward where she serves as DBM’s Vice-President, Treasurer, and Church Administrator. She has served numerous congregations and the Body of Christ since her early childhood at Foss Avenue Baptist Church in Flint, MI.
In 2016, DBM was featured in a national article, “Dedicated Believers: How a Tiny Church Makes a Huge Impact with Good360.” In 2021, DBM was noted in an article published by New York’s Bloomberg News.
Davida and her husband co-own The Anthony and Davida Artis Collection of African-American Fine Art (d/b/a: The Artis Collection). Their exhibition entitled, Wonderfully Made: The Anthony and Davida Artis Collection of African-American Art, has been well-received at the Flint Institute of Arts and Saginaw Art Museum since the current pandemic. She had several articles in local Michigan magazines and newspapers regarding The Artis Collection, as well as DBM’s Summer Arts Camp, which educate, encourage, and engage youths, adults, and senior citizens using African-American artists and artworks.
Davida holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fisk University in 1991 and sang with Fisk’s Black Mass choir as a soprano. She was listed among Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges as a senior. She briefly attended graduate school at Eastern Michigan University pursuing a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. She dedicated her life to the education of her children and created Kingdom Academy, where she homeschooled both of her sons from grades K-12.
She enjoys serving the Lord and ministering to the needs of others. She is a giving person that shows the love of Jesus Christ and her greatest accomplishments in life are: 1) to be a child of God, 2) to be a lover of people, 3) to be married to Anthony, and 3) to be a mother to her children.