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Rev Tim Dotson, Pastor
Haven of Rest Missionary Baptist Church
Chicago, IL

2016 ~ CURRENT

“Preach the Gospel and when necessary, use words.”

is a famous quote from an anonymous source that Pastor Timothy L. Dotson uses as a philosophy of his life. He is the fourth Pastor of the Haven of Rest Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Dotson wears a plethora of titles such as Husband, Pastor, Father, Grandfather, Scholar, Preacher, Teacher and Friend. His clarion call to the Gospel Ministry crosses ecumenical boundaries. Reverend Dotson is the lineage of a long line of gospel preachers. He was reared in the church and confessed a hope in Christ at the age of 21. Upon being called by God; He was licensed and ordained into the Gospel Ministry. He developed as a minister under the leadership of the late Dr. James B. Stovall, and his successor Pastor Christopher T. Harris of the Bright Star Church of Chicago. 

Reverend Dotson served as an Associate Minister for several years at the Bright Star Church before accepting the call to become the Pastor of The Greater New Birth Church. During his tenure at Greater New Birth, he was blessed to have mentors who cultivated his spiritual development particularly the (late) Rev. Milton Coleman Jr., Pastor of the Upright Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Coleman served as his Pastor and confidante as he began his work in Pastoral Ministry. Reverend Dotson served as Pastor of Greater New Birth for five years, before organizing The Gathering at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.

He is a native Chicagoan and an alumnus of Chicago Vocational High School. Pastor Dotson, who refers to himself as a lifelong learner, earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree from Calumet College of Saint Josephs. Reverend Dotson attained his theological training from the prestigious McCormick Theological Seminary thereby receiving a Master of Arts in Ministry with an emphasis on Pastoral Care. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary.

Reverend Dotson is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Reverend Dotson has always been an advocate for change and for Social Justice for those who have no voice. His concern for the community encouraged him to accept an Adjunct Professor position in the Religious Studies Department at Calumet College of Saint Josephs. He taught Social Justice, thereby making the biblical text contextually relevant to today's students. During his free time, he served as a mentor for the Lincoln's Challenge Academy in the interest of empowering kids who have been deemed “at risk.”

Pastor Dotson has always had a desire to serve God and the citizens of his community. He served his country as a United States Marine, having spent seven years active duty in the United States Marine Corps. He is also a career law enforcement professional, having spent over twenty years of faithful service in policing. Reverend Dotson has a love and concern for those considered marginalized within the community. His devotion to those in need inspired him to develop a relationship with Tabitha House Women's Shelter. He has also coordinated domestic violence seminars in partnership with the advocate organization Family Rescue Inc. He and his congregation were influential in facilitating the donation of over thirty business suits to the Hope House Men's Shelter. Pastor Dotson's Ministry in partnership with the United States Marine Corps Reserves has made an impact within the community through the Angel Tree Project.

Reverend Dotson is the devoted husband to the lovely Mrs. Jenise Dotson, and the father of Timothy Jr., Tiffany and Troy. He is an exemplary expositor of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and a visionary with a passion for outreach ministry. Pastor Dotson works tirelessly to serve both God and His people. Pastor Dotson does his best to, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary he uses words.”