“I heard the gospel of Jesus Christ when I was still a child. I knew I needed forgiveness for my sins and when I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior I was filled with peace and joy. From that time on, God’s presence became central to my life, and has shaped the decisions I have made. Prayer, the Bible and sovereign power of God’s grace constantly assures me of God’s love and gives me joy through good times and trials. God has placed in my heart a desire to help other people know and grow in this joy of living as a disciple of Jesus Christ.”
John Dawson is an ordained teaching elder in the PCA (Westminster Presbytery) and was installed as pastor of Abingdon Presbyterian Church in February 2010. He was ordained as a ruling elder in the PCA in 1988, licensed to exhort by Classis Illianna of the CRC in 1995, and ordained to the gospel ministry by First Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church in 1996. He has served as Stated Supply of Lincoln Memorial ARP Church (TN) and was the Pastor of Lakeside Fellowship ARP Church in Mooresville, NC. He graduated from Alliance High School (Alliance, OH) and has degrees from Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), and Vanderbilt University.
While part of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Pastor Dawson had served in inter-church relations, representing that synod nationally and internationally, including the meetings of the International Conference of Reformed Churches and the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council, which he chaired in 2003 and 2004.
Pastor Dawson is married to Sally Dawson and together they have 5 children, who all love the Lord Jesus and seek to glorify and enjoy Him in their lives. Along with his wife, he is a founding member of the board of Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center for Sexually abused Children in Statesville, NC. Pastor Dawson is also an “old time” Appalachian musician who plays with his family band.