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David J. Childs, Ph.D., MA, M.A.T.

Rev. Dr. David Childs is the son of the late Elder Hezekiah Childs , Sr, pastor and founder of Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ. Rev. Dr. Childs has been serving as the Pastor of First Antioch since 2014. He has been in the ministry for over 17 years. He was ordained as a deacon in 2000 and accepted his calling to preach in 2001. He was ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ in 2003 and as a Baptist minister in 2013. Pastor Childs' calling is in the areas of expository bible teaching, prayer ministry, holiness, missions and college ministry.

He is a professor of Social Studies Education and History at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). He was the first African American to receive tenure in the Department of Education at NKU. Pastor Childs has taught courses in history, Black studies, racism and ethnicity, biblical history, theology, philosophy, research and education. He earned a Masters degree in Social Studies Education and a second Masters in American History at Miami University. He also earned his Doctorate of Philosophy at Miami with an emphasis on Black Theology, Church history, educational leadership, curriculum and American history.

Pastor Childs is an international scholar and has presented work and conducted research in places such as Washington D.C., Mexico City, San Francisco, California,  Vancouver, Canada, Oxfordshire, England and Paris, France. In spring 2015 he took a group of students to France to research and study European history at various historical sites. He has published extensively in academic journals, encyclopedias and university textbooks. He wrote his first historical fiction novel entitled "Escaping from Home: A Novel about Slavery and Freedom" in 2021. Most of all he loves to pray, worship and study God's word. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for African American Studies.

He is a member of many learned societies. He sits on the board of directors of the National Association for African American Studies. He is also a member of the advisory board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and a board member of the Newport History Museum. He is a member of the Ohio and Kentucky Historical Societies, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). He is currently working on history and social studies projects with the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Advanced Placement College Board and Cincinnati Public Schools.

Dr. Childs is married to the love of his life Alundra Childs, a Spanish Teacher and classically trained musician at Cincinnati Public Schools.  They have five children: Symone, David, Hannah, Gabriella and Madison.