The Rev. C.W. Dawson Jr., pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Fulton, has accepted a new position as coordinator of multicultural affairs at William Woods University. He will continue with his pastoral duties at the church.
As coordinator of multicultural affairs, he will be responsible for coordinating and implementing a multicultural program that fosters an appreciation for diversity at William Woods.
He will work with students to develop educational, cultural and social programs that benefit the entire campus community. He will also work to promote multicultural understanding across campus.
Dawson has been a member of the adjunct faculty at WWU for two years, and will continue to teach courses in philosophy and religion. He was the featured speaker at the university’s Martin Luther King Celebration in 2000 and gave the invocation at the commencement in May 2002.
The minister came to Fulton in 1999 from Columbia, where he was organizing pastor of All Peoples’ Church. He also served as senior minister and head of staff at Second Baptist Church in Columbia from 1986 to 1995. Prior to that he worked at churches in Detroit and Reading, Pa. He is a former executive secretary of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Missouri.
A graduate of Joplin Memorial High School in Joplin, Mo., Dawson earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he received a bachelor of special studies with a triple major in philosophy, religion and political science.
He received a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master of arts in philosophy from the University of Missouri. He has completed all but his dissertation toward his doctorate in the philosophy of religion at MU.