Pastor Barry & Shelly Dawson
Pastor Barry and Shelly Dawson began their Tokyo mission from September 1997. Prior to Tokyo, Rev. Dawson was the Senior Pastor & Head of Staff of the American Protestant Church of The Hague in the Netherlands from 1994. Prior to international ministry, Rev. Dawson served in small to large Presbyterian congregations in the US from Montana to New Jersey. He has a MS in Education from Duquesne University, Master of Divinity (Summa Cum Laude) from Pittsburgh Theological Seminar, admitted to Duke University Law School before getting his call to ministry, and a BA (Summa Cum Laude) from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA.
Missions are very important to Barry and his wife, Shelly. They have initiated and led several youth and family work camp trips. These work camps have been held in the US, Poland, and Northern Ireland. They have initiated or supported Alternative Christmas Markets, a Vietnamese refugee family, fourteen refugees from Afghanistan and World Service Crop Hunger Campaigns. They see an active mission involvement as obedience to God's directives toward servanthood, and as growth experiences for the adults and children involved.
Rev. Barry Paul Dawson was born in 1952 and raised in Pennsylvania. He is married to to Shelly Dawson, a registered nurse from New York City, who now is a full-time homemaker and mother. They have three children: Bradley, 6th grade; Evan, 4th grade; and Bethany, age 4. Barry and Shelly's hobbies include traveling, cycling, movies, reading, sports with children, family walks, sampling a variety of ethnic cuisine, and staying abreast of world political events.
With Pastor Barbara Lund's departure after her last service at TUC on 14 June 1998, the congregation voted on June 7 to extend a call to William Thomas Ekhardt Jr. to serve as the new Associate Pastor at TUC. His contract will run for two years. Bill graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California last month. He was a candidate for the Ministry with San Joaquin Presbytery and was ordained on the basis of the call from TUC.
As Associate Pastor, Bill's primary role will be to attend to the spiritual welfare of the congregation in the widest sense, but he will also make it his special concern and interest to provide the spiritual nurture that some of the newly formed Ministry Teams will need, notably in Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry and Small Groups Ministry. His experience so far fits him well for this role. For the last three years Bill has been High School Youth Minister at Northminster Presbyterian Church, leading Sunday School, Bible study and weekly group meetings. He has also spent the last eight summers training teachers at Christian youth camp. Also at Northminster, Bill has been leading a women's circle Bible study. His academic qualifications include a BA in Psychology from California State University, and, as those who attended the congregational meeting were able to hear, he is a composer and singer of Christian music.
Last updated Friday, November 09, 2001