Meet Dan and Brenda Dixon!
Rev. Dan Dixon was appointed by the Bishop of North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church as the new Pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in June, 2017. Dan accepted his call into the ministry later in life and not in the most conventional way. You may have heard of pastors entering their vocation as a “second career” option, but have you ever heard of one entering it as their fourth career? Rev. Dan Dixon started his careers working in the amusement park business (Six Flags Over Georgia and the World of Sid and Marty Krofft), the motion picture industry (Universal and 20th Century Fox Studios distribution), and as a courier for Federal Express. He had felt the call to the ministry back in the late 1980s, but ran away from it believing that he and his family could not survive on a pastor’s income.
Finally, one day in 1999, Dan’s pastor cornered him and asked when he was going to stop running and follow God’s call into the ministry. After arguing with his pastor for a short while, Dan finally admitted that his pastor was right and he was ready to accept his call into the ministry. His pastor then told him that there was one thing he still needed to do; Dan had to go home and tell his wife, Brenda, about his desire to go into the ministry. Even though this worried him at the time, Dan’s worries quickly disappeared when Brenda told him that she had known about his call for years.
Dan has been married to Brenda Pullin Dixon for 20 years and they have two adult children. Chris, 34, lives in Dunwoody, GA, and Ryan, 27, lives in Lawrenceville, GA. Dan is an elder in full connection with the North Georgia Conference. Dan previously served Manchester First UMC, Mount Gilead UMC, Sharpsburg, GA (2007-2014), Andrews Chapel UMC, Roscoe, GA (2005-2007), and North Covington UMC, Covington, GA (2001-2005). He has an Associate of Science degree in Business from Shorter College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from LaGrange College, and a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Dan and Brenda are excited to be coming to Covington to serve the people of Newton, Rockdale, and Henry Counties. In several ways they are "coming home," Dan having once served the North Covington Church, and Brenda a native of Covington. Both of them are avid University of Georgia football fans and also follow the Braves during baseball season. Their three favorite places to visit and vacation at are the beach, the beach, and the beach, and they try to get there as often as possible.
Dan is looking forward to being the pastor of Salem United Methodist Church and continuing the many years of great mission and service here. His prayer for our church is that we will continue to shine God’s Light and Love into our community and the world beyond for many more years to come (Matthew 5:14a & 16), and that we will all be patient as we seek God’s plans for our church and its ministries and our roles in them (Jeremiah 29:11).