Reverend Dion J. Watkins
is a native of Lackawanna, New York.
is a man of God that has been led at an early age to motivate and inspire generations of people.
He accepted Christ at the age of 16, and was a faithful member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in the City of Lackawanna, New York where he was very active in many ministry activities while growing up in Mount Olive.
Reverend Watkins graduated from Lackawanna Senior High School in 1997.
He then continued his education at Canisius College where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education in 2001.
He furthered his education at Canisius College by obtaining a Master's of Science Degree with a concentration in Reading Education in 2003.
After several years of serving as pastor of his church, he returned to school to receive his Master's of Divinity Degree in December 2007 at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York.
is such a strong believer of scholastic achievement that with each degree he
graduated with honors.
Reverend Dion Watkins was employed in 2001 by the Lackawanna City School District where he served as a sixth grade teacher for nearly 13 years until taking a leave of absence on December 31, 2013 to pursue full-time ministry.
friendly disposition and understanding of others was what allowed him to be effective in his
classroom and beloved by his
In addition, the Lackawanna City School District
honored Reverend Watkins
by inducting him into its prestigious High School Wall of Fame in June of 2010.
was called into the ministry in 1997 at the age of 17.
At the young age of 21 years old, he made history as he became the first associate minister to become pastor of his home church when he was installed as the Pastor of the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Lackawanna, NY on April 29, 2001.
was a blessing to Mt. Olive as well as the Lackawanna community.
leadership, the membership grew considerably, especially the youth membership.
As part of Pastor Watkins'
vision, many effective new ministries had been started.
In June 2011, Rev. Watkins
church expanded their church services to Revelation Baptist Church of Buffalo, New York making it a satellite location for their 8:00 a.m. worship service.
became one church in two cities.
Reverend Dion J. Watkins
is no stranger to public service.
In the summer of 2011, Rev. Watkins ran a great campaign for Mayor of the City of Lackawanna.
After a marginal loss (14 votes) in the primaries, he
promoted a write-in campaign.
did not win this seat, he
offered hope to residents and encouraged many to vote who had never voted in their lifetime.
In 2013, the Holy Spirit would shift Reverend Watkins'
life in a new direction, as he
relocated to the Hartford, Connecticut area and accepted the call as pastor of the historic Mount Olive Church Ministries.
Under the leadership of Pastor Watkins
, in only a short period of time, many have joined the Mount Olive Church Ministries family.