"I must say it is hard to believe I have served 40 years in the ministry, especially knowing that it is not the field I would have chosen, but it chose me, and now I am happy, humbled and honored to serve and wouldn't have it any other way," reflected Suffragan Bishop Roy C. Dawkins of the Greater Zion Temple Pentecostal Church in Steubenville.
The church, community and Southeast Region of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, will join in paying tribute to the lifetime work in ministry of Dawkins
and his wife, Charlene, during a Sept. 10 dinner to be held at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.
40 years in the ministry have included 26 in Steubenville.
"When first called to come to Steubenville, I refused to accept the charge, but after praying about it, God showed me he
was sending me to Steubenville because there were wounds that needed healing, and you can't refuse your Master," Dawkins
"Having accepted the call, it's been very rewarding to see those wounds healed.
God has allowed me to have a hand in helping many young men and women grow up and become successful in the fields of education, sports, entertainment, music and arts, major corporations, entrepreneurs, community leaders and ministers," he
There have been other joys on the journey, too.
"Greater Zion Temple Church
has nurtured a day care center called Kingdom Kids, purchased the local radio station (WDIG-AM 950), plus numerous other properties, and our dream home.
I have been blessed to receive the doctor of divinity degree, and be promoted from elder, to district elder, then regional bishop, and now I serve as state chairman of the Ohio District Council of Pentecostal Church's Inc. of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Inc.," Dawkins said.
"In the upcoming years I envision building people of excellence, young and old, male and female, and to build a new edifice for our members and the community to serve our Lord in spirit and in truth.
In other words, my desire is to prepare people to go to a prepared place (Heaven), thus making Steubenville and the world a better place," Dawkins
Raised and educated in Kansas City, Kans., Dawkins
and his wife, Charlene, have been married for 42 years.
They have two sons - Anson and Eric - who are international gospel-recording artists, Dawkins
After serving as pastor of Mount Zion Temple in Columbiana, Tenn., for 10 years, Dawkins came to Steubenville in 1985.
In 1989, he
was elevated to the office of district elder.
Dawkins received his bachelor of theology and religious education degrees in 1981 in Nashville, Tenn., and his master's degrees in theology and religious education in 1997.
In August 2005, he received his bachelor of arts in pastoral ministry.
That October, he received the doctor of divinity from Aenon Bible College in Indianapolis., Ind.
was consecrated as suffragan bishop in the Ohio District Council on July 4, 2002
In that capacity, he serves the 14 churches in the southeast region of the Ohio District Council of Pentecostal Churches Inc.
He is chairman of the ODC, a member of the ODC executive board of directors, liaison for the Ministers' Wives and Widows Alliance of the Ohio District Council and serves on the Aenon Bible College Board and the Budget and Finance Committee of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.