Dawson has been in ministry for 26 years with 17 of those years in ministry in Perth, Western Australia. Ordained in the Church of the Nazarene (Wesleyan/Methodist tradition), Dawson initially served as the Pastor at the Maddington Church of the Nazarene for four and half years; then served as the interim Pastor at the Dianella Church of the Nazarene for a year. His ministry then transitioned to the Baptist Family of Churches in Western Australia with him serving as the Senior Pastor at the Foothills Christian Centre (2004- 2010). The merger of the Foothills Christian Centre with Carey Community Baptist Church, saw Dawson serving as the Pastor for cross-cultural ministries at Carey Community Baptist Church (2010/2012). Presently, he is also planting a Filipino church in Perth, namely Grace Community Church. In view of his marketplace ministry, Dawson has since January 2015 transferred his ministerial credentials from the Baptist Union of Western Australia to the Southern Cross Association of Churches.
Since 2003, he has also served at BCWA initially as the Director of Administrative and Business Services, then in 2005 as the Deputy Principal. Since July 2007, Dawson has served as the Principal. A gifted preacher, teacher, theologian, writer, Christian educator, motivational speaker, administrator and pastor, -Dawson has a heart after God’s own heart and leads BCWA with a blessed sense of “Lord, Your Kingdom come!” He is highly missional, both locally and abroad with mission trips to Cambodia, Indonesia, India and South Africa.
His doctoral research is in the field of systematic theology with an exploration of ecclesiology (Church). He is exploring the hermeneutics of Schillebeeckx (a Roman Catholic theologian) with a particular focus on the sacramentality of the church. Dawson has renewed this model of the church by using the ecclesiology of Schillebeeckx as a kind of ‘foil’ against which to develop an alternative ecclesiology, more amenable to Evangelical Protestants. As his point of departure, Dawson has explored through intensive analysis, the Roman Catholic ecclesiological perspectives via Lumen Gentium. Dawson has written two books, namely,
- What on Earth is Sanctification?
- Blessed Are You – The Spirit-Filled Life.
Dawson is ‘blessedly’ married to Cheryl-lee and they have two blessed children, Tersia and Callion.