2016 Keynote 4 – Junius Dotson

 

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Thousands of people, from Wichita and beyond, gather each Sunday to hear the thought provoking, faith-filled messages of Pastor Junius Boyd Dotson, senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church.  Unique challenges and opportunities confront every generation. Special individuals, endowed with special gifts, are required, if we are to transform these challenges into glorious opportunities. Such an individual is Pastor Dotson.

     A leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Pastor Dotson draws together people who share his vision for the future. He believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the “whole” person – body, mind and spirit. A dynamic preacher and public speaker, Pastor Dotson is highly respected for his ability to establish networks that “get things done” in the faith and larger communities.

     In a world where many are called, but few are chosen, Pastor Dotson is well prepared both spiritually and academically. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science—with a concentration in economics—at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was also president of the local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation’s oldest African American fraternity. Pastor Dotson began his postgraduate work in at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.

     Pastor Junius Boyd Dotson was ordained to the ministry of the United Methodist Church in June 1992. In 1996, he responded to the awesome challenge of beginning a new and innovative church in the Silicon Valley, Genesis United Methodist Church. The unique innovations of Pastor Dotson have generated much publicity. Pastor Dotson’s ministry has been featured in The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, religious journals, and segments on CBS Radio’s “The Osgood File,” as well as the NBC affiliate KRON Channel 4 in San Francisco.

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