STEUBENVILLE - The Greater Zion Temple Church, 500 N. Fifth St., will be celebrating 25 years under the pastorship of Bishop Roy C. Dawkins this week.
Dawkins, who began serving the church in 1985, will be hailed for his service through a series of events Thursday through Sept. 4 with the theme Honoring Bishop for Doing God's Work: I Timothy 5:17 - 25th Anniversary Pastoral Celebration "Grace Multiplied" Ephesians 2: 8-10, according to a release from the church.
Nightly worship services begin Thursday with elder Tyrone Kaiser of the King's Temple Church in Marion, Ohio, leading services along with church elder Henry "Tex" Burns. Friday's evening services will include a service led by the elder David Thomas of the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ Church and Elder Lynn Montgomery.
On Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. the Ladies of Zion will host a luncheon to honor Charlene Dawkins, the pastor's wife and minister of music at the church. The speaker will be Connie Vinson, president of the womens' ministry of the Second Baptist Church, and the tickets are $20, according to the release.
Sunday afternoon services will begin at 4 p.m. with city Mayor Domenick Mucci and Robert Gale, Wintersville mayor, attending, along with the Rev. Calvin McLoyd of the Second Baptist Church giving the official greeting. Leading the service will be the Rev. D.W. Cummings of the Bethlehem Apostolic Church in Wheeling. The public is welcome to attend the service.
Dawkins was raised and educated in Kansas City, Kan. He has been married to Charlene for 41 years, and the couple have two sons, Anson and Eric Dawkins, who are national gospel recording artists; and daughter Angela Bryant. The Dawkins also are grandparents of four girls - Kiristen, Ranan, Jaya and Kennedy; and a grandson Jude.
After serving as pastor of Mount Zion Temple in Columbia, Tenn., for 10 years, Dawkins arrived in Steubenville. In 1989 he was elevated to the office of district elder.
Dawkins received his bachelor's degrees of theology and religious education in 1981 in Nashville, Tenn., and his master's degree in theology and religious education in 1997. In August of 2005 he received his bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry, and in October of 2005 he received a doctorate of divinity from Aenon Bible College in Indianapolis, In.
Dawkins was consecrated as suffragen bishop in the Ohio District Council on July 4, 2002. As bishop he serves 14 churches in the southeast region of the Ohio District of Pentacostal Churches Inc. He is chairman of the Ohio District Council; a member of the Ohio District Council Council executive board of directors; liaison for the Ministers' Wives and Widows Alliance of the Ohio District Council; serves on the Aenon Bible College Board; and on the budget and finance committee of the Pentacostal Assemblies of the World.
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