Reverend Dawson has been Pastor of Stratford Presbyterian Church since 1979. He serves as Moderator of the Session (Board of Elders). Reverend Dawson received the Bachelor of Science degree from Bethany College, and the Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is a retired Army National Guard Chaplain, and he holds the rank of Lt. Colonel. In addition to pastoring Stratford Presbyterian Church, he currently serves as Police Chaplain for the Stratford Police Department and as Chaplain of the Stratford Fire Department.