Davidson Centre for the Professions was founded as the Davidson Clergy Center in 2003 by a dedicated group of directors who saw a need to build a program for wellness, revitalization, and a reminder of purpose and centering for clergy and church professionals. Co-founders George and Gordon Jacobs brought together an experienced and distinguished panel of counselors, consultants, health and wellness advocates, and spiritual directors to participate in and build a five-day program specifically for those who serve. The program has flourished and has served hundreds of national and international church professionals from many backgrounds.
In 2009, Davidson Clergy Center began development work with the Clergy Health Initiative and Duke Divinity School and expanded their services to include Health Coaching and seminar development for the Clergy Health Initiative. These programs were highly successful, and as development continued within the Clergy Center, an advisory committee came together in 2010 to discuss the expansion of the current clergy program to include those who serve in other professions.
During 2010, an advisory committee of accomplished business executives and consultants passionate about wellness in the workplace, came together to develop Davidson Centre for the Professions, serving those in the professions of law, ministry, medicine, and public service. The Davidson Clergy Center Clergy Program will continue to serve clergy participants; other programs have been developed specifically for attorneys, physicians, public servants (military chaplains, NGO workers), as well as specially designed programs for other groups. In addition, Davidson Centre is dedicated to assimilating the strongest panel of faculty, Professional Coaches, health and fitness consultants, spiritual directors, and administrators to deliver the most comprehensive, unique, and helpful experience available for participants in these professions.