COLUMBIA — Rev. Clanton C. W. Dawson will serve as a guest speaker at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1707 Smiley Lane, for services at 7 p.m. on May 14 and 15.
Dawson is the 18th pastor of Mount Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in Daytona Beach, Fla. He is a fourth generation preacher and has been a pastor for more than 30 years. He was pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Fulton from 2000 to 2005 and All People's Church in Columbia from 1995 to 2000. He was minister of Second Baptist Church in Columbia from 1986 to 1995.
He also has served at Grandale Presbyterian Church of the Master in Detroit from 1981 to 1986, and Washington Presbyterian Church from 1977 to 1981.
He earned both a master's degree and Ph.D. in philosophy from MU. He earned a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
In addition to preaching, Dawson has been an assistant professor of philosophy at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, an adjunct professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City and at William Woods University in Fulton.
He is the author of "When the House is on Fire: Finding Hope in the Midst of Democratic Despair" in the December 2007 issue of "Radical Philosophy Today."
He and his wife, Maria Hughes Dawson, have 10 children and six grandchildren.