Dr. Dawson’s Biography

DAVID G. DAWSON January, 2006
30 Willow Drive, New Wilmington, PA 16142 USA david.dawson@shenango.org

Education:

  • 1969 Westminster College BA Theology
    New Wilmington, PA (Honors)
  • 1972 Pittsburgh Theological Seminary MDiv Theology
    Pittsburgh, PA (cum laude)
  • 1987 Yale Divinity School STM Missiology
    New Haven, CT (magna cum laude)
  • 1997 Westminster College DD honorary degree
    New Wilmington, PA

Ministry:

Ordination in the United Presbyterian Church USA – May 14, 1972

  • 1972 – 1981 Pastor Jamestown Presbyterian Church
    Jamestown, PA
  • 1981 – 1992 Mission Funding Counselor Synod of the Northeast
    Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • 1992 – present Executive Presbyter Presbytery of Shenango
    Synod of the Trinity, PC(USA)

Mission Study Travel:

  • Israel-Palestine ‘72, ‘83, ‘95
  • Dominican Republic ‘80, ‘88
  • Sudan ‘96, ‘98, ’01, ’04, ‘05
  • Lebanon-Syria ‘79, ‘83, ‘97, 02
  • Cuba ‘86, ‘88, ‘92
  • China, Singapore, Thailand ‘02
  • Japan ‘77 Egypt ’83, ‘05
  • Kenya-Ethiopia ‘76 Mexico ‘86

Books:

  • “Counting the Cost,” chapter in A History of Presbyterian Missions 1944 – 2007, Geneva Press, 2008, edited by Scott Sunquist and Caroline Becker.

Journals:

  • “The Church and the Edinburgh Missionary Conference” publication pending in Missiology, April, 2011.
  • “Mission Funding in the Future” The Presbyterian Outlook, July 26, 2004
  • “Mission and Money in the Early Twentieth Century” The Journal of Presbyterian History, Spring, 2002
  • “Funding Mission in the Early Twentieth Century” International Bulletin of Missionary Research, October, 2000
  • “A Recurring Issue of Mission Administration” Missiology, October, 1997
  • “Needed: A Re-orientation of the Funding System” Presbyterian Outlook, June 26, 1995
  • “Mission Philanthropy, Selected Giving and Presbyterians” American Presbyterians (Journal of Presbyterian History) (Summer, 1990 and Fall, 1991)
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