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Melvin C. Dawson, Jr. is Gods disciple born March of 1963 to the late Elder Melvin C. Dawson, Sr. and Evangelist Annie Dawson.

A native of DeLand, Florida and a graduate of DeLand High School in 1981, Melvin knew that while he felt accomplished, a high school diploma alone was not the foundation in which he could build his life, lifestyle, nor career. Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida was his college of choice and after four years of study he departed with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology and a minor in English.

Reverend Dawson accepted his call to the Ministry of Evangelism in 1985 and has served as a spirit filled anointed pastor, preacher, lecturer, and teacher since May 1994. Additionally, the fields of study in which he serves as counselor include Substance Abuse, Behavior Modification, Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents, Marriage Enrichment, Kids in Distress and Christian Counseling.

Pastor Dawson is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Cathedral of Praise, one church in three locations. The first congregation was formed in Miami, Florida, the second in Winston, GA and the third in DeLand, Florida. With a Biblical-Psycho-Social approach to ministry, he has become one of the most sought after and prolific gospel preachers on the East Coast. His ministry is interdenominational with an awareness of the apostolic call of God. Pastor Dawson is a much sought after evangelist known as far as the continent of Africa to which he traveled in April of 2007 to participate in the COG Easter Conference in Johannesburg.

Not only is Reverend Dawson an anointed, spirit-filled pastor, preacher, lecturer, and teacher in the world of evangelism, in the world of music he is an outstanding musician, writer, director, producer, singer, and arranger. He serves as President/CEO of MAryelle Records, Inc., an affiliate of Tyscot Records, Inc. Indianapolis, IN, Vice President of Beth-Glo Records, producer and featured guest artist on the Voices of Bethels CD Let The Healing Begin and founder of the Genesis Fellowship Delegation, a national recording group formerly known as The Genesis Ensemble. He also serves as CEO/Executive Director of Cathedral House Family Visitation Center. This subsidiary of the Cathedral of Praise Church provides supervised visitation for children that have been separated from their parents either through dependency or the family court system.

Pastor Dawson has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad as an evangelist, actor, director and choral arranger for Broadway productions and musicals. He has written and directed for such notables as Vinette Carroll, performed in theaters with such greats as Jennifer

Holliday, Stephanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass, and BeBe Winans and his musical contribution and choral direction assisted in rating a performance as sweeping the whole audience in the reviews for a Broadway production published in the New York Times. However, Pastor is not defined by what he has accomplished, nor by what he hopes to accomplish, but by his love and dedication to God.

To complete our First Family is our talented and lovely First Lady Elder A. Kay Williams-Dawson, daughter Aryelle and sons Melvin III and Ahkeem.

One readily asks, Why so driven? The answer is found in the lyrics of one of the many songs he has written. Melvin C. Dawson, Jr. is driven because he owes his praise, his service, and his life to the service of his Lord and Savior.