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Mount Olive Church Ministries - Ministerial Staff
Rev. Dion J. Watkins, Senior Pastor
Pastor: Dion J. Watkins
Pastor: Dion J. Watkins
Reverend Dion J. Watkins is a ...
Reverend Dion J. Watkins is a native of Lackawanna, New York.
Reverend Watkins 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.
Hartford, Mt. Olive
Pastor: Dion J. Watkins
Second Ward Councilman Geoffrey M. ...
Second Ward Councilman Geoffrey M. Szymanski, left, won the race to become Lackawanna mayor over political newcomer Dion J. Watkins.
, a Democrat who also had the Conservative and Working Families lines, garnered 3,403 votes - enough for him to declare victory over Dion J. Watkins
, the political newcomer he
also narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary.
Without a spot on the ballot, Watkins
mounted a well-coordinated campaign that tallied 2,319 write-in votes, according to an unofficial count by Szymanski's
The Erie County Board of Elections
did not have a count of write-in votes late Tuesday.
"I'm absolutely declaring victory," Szymanski
, who celebrated amid a crowd of cheering supporters in Curly's Bar & Restaurant
did not dispute the numbers gathered by Szymanski's
team, but said he
wanted to review the Board of Elections tally before conceding.
"It appears he
got it done.
I just want to see the official numbers," Watkins
were the main contenders in a crowded field that also included Walter M. Seres, who created the Time For Change Party line; John J. Nowak, who lost the Republican primary and mounted a write-in campaign; and Patrick A. McCusker, who won the Republican and Independence lines in the primary, but didn't want to play spoiler in the race and declined to actively campaign in the general election.
The mayor's race developed into one of the most interesting in the Buffalo Niagara region, due to an electrifying primary night in which Watkins polled to within a single vote of Szymanski, the 2nd Ward councilman favored by Democratic insiders to succeed Mayor Norman L. Polanski Jr.
Watkins, a 31-year-old pastor and elementary school teacher, seemed to have come from nowhere, striking a chord in door-to-door chats with many voters and nearly pulling off a stunning upset in his first foray into politics.
A final tally pushed Szymanski's
margin of victory in the primary to 15 votes, and Watkins
appeared ready to bow out of the race, having no other political line on which to run.
"My mind-set was, if I lose this Democratic primary, I'm done," said Watkins, a 1999 graduate of Lackawanna High School, where he was a star football player.
Szymanski supporters also were able to make an issue of whether Watkins
was living in the city he
sought to lead as mayor.
I find it extremely hard to believe that Szymanski truely won with all the support that Mr.Watkins has from people in this city who are fed up with the usual 'closed-door, you scratch my back I'll scratch yours' political scene.