Dawson grew up all over Texas (with a brief stop in Colorado), as the family followed dad’s school administration career from DFW to Denver, from extreme west Texas to the Panhandle. He moved to College Station in 1997 to attend Texas A&M, where he met his wife, a beautiful redhead named Michelle. They settled locally, and today they fearlessly manage a trio of redheaded children plus a dog and a cat. Family is a top priority for Dawson. When it can be found, free time is spent either getting away for dinner and a movie as a happy couple or getting away in a pop-up camper as a happy family.
Many years ago, Michelle challenged him with the question, “What is your dream job?” His love for connecting with people both in relationship and through music helped him realize the answer was full time Christian ministry through music. Dawson finds great satisfaction in knowing that at Brazos Fellowship he gets to experience his dream job every day.
One of the most profound influences on Dawson’s spiritual life was David Attebury, his first worship pastor at Texas A&M. This pastor taught him much of what he knows today about playing guitar, singing, and also about Jesus. Dawson’s words on some of the most practical insight gained from this spiritual mentor:
“I lived in a constant state of fear of falling out of God’s grace and losing my salvation. One night in the midst of my tears, David taught me through scripture that my salvation can be sure, and that I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance. This TRUTH changed my life forever! [I know that] ‘I am saved by grace through faith, and this not of myself, it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast’” (quoted from Ephesians 2:8-9).