Tribute to Mr CE Dawson 1934 – 2020 5

Colin E Dawson Pastor of Westoning Baptist Church 1978 to 2005 now at home with the Lord.

In the early hours of Monday 13th April 2020, God sent his angels to bring home his servant Colin Dawson, who was our pastor for 27 years and an elder for 12 years.

We, as a church, give thanks to God for the life and ministry of Pastor Dawson. He served his Lord, preaching for 60 years in churches in the UK and in other countries. He had a particular love and concern for the church in Romania amongst other countries. He preached and delivered Bibles in communist times. He was held in high regard and much loved.

He had a vision for the churches, which included setting up a seminary with Peter Hallihan which ran for 6 years at Westoning. He served many Christian organisations and charities.

He loved to teach the scriptures often insisting that we pay real attention to the words used and the historical context and literary content.

He loved preaching about Christ.  He loved giving Christ’s invitation to ‘come’. He would remind us about the whosoever, the whosoever includes you. He wanted to see people come to Jesus and be saved. He would remind us that salvation was all of grace alone.

In the time of His pastorate he saw many converted under his ministry. He also knew many times of sorrow and trial and illness. Through it all God sustained him.

We, as a church, praise God for what He did through his servant Colin Dawson. He would have wanted no praise for himself. The crown would go on the head of the Lord Jesus, who he believed in,  preached and lived and into whose presence he is now gone. All by God’s grace, he would say.

Our brother Colin will have a private burial on Monday 27th April. When the conditions allow,  God willing, we will have a thanksgiving service.

The biggest tribute we can pay to Pastor Colin Dawson is to follow the Lord Jesus whom he preached with great passion even when very weak. Think back over the messages God sent through him to you.

We send our love to His wife Mary, his children, grand children and great grand children. The Lord himself be with you all.

If you want to add your comments memories and condolences  here please do. (Moderated before publication).

Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of thy Lord.

Martin Hare


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5 thoughts on “Tribute to Mr CE Dawson 1934 – 2020

  • Graham Chewter

    Although Colin and I did not meet frequently, yet I feel I have lost a real friend. I valued his sympathetic counsel in years past when passing through a very trying time. Also, I look back to the profitable times we had when I visited him in hospital when he was slowly recovering from a very serious condition.

    Truly he was an example of dedication to His Master’s cause. But now he has joined the heavenly chorus.
    “On harps of gold they praise his Name,
    His face they always view;
    Then let us followers be of them,
    That we may praise him too.” (J Newton)

  • John Pestell, Church Sec; Providence Baptist Chapel, Bedford

    Mr Colin Dawson is remembered with Christian love and affection as a dear friend and minister of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by the church and friends who worship regularly at Providence Baptist Chapel, Bedford. He connection with us goes back well over fifty years and his ministry amongst was always well received and esteemed. It can be said he was instrumental in the conversation to several of our congregation who heard him preach. ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make the ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.’ Matt. 25:23.

  • Tim Field

    Colin preached at Pembury Road Baptist Chapel, Tonbridge, annually on behalf of the Sovereign Grace Union during the 1980’s. He preached on topics including “The Seven Sayings from the Cross”, “The Lord’s People” and “The Fear of the Lord”. I have happy memories of those visits, and of his friendship and counsel. In the early 1990’s I benefitted from the Westoning Bible Seminary with which he was so closely involved, and subsequently the Ministers’ Fraternal which he kindly hosted there. ” Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

  • Erica Vreugdenhil

    Dear church,
    Please accept my condolences for the passing on of paster Dawson. When I was au-pair with the family Northern during the nineties, I came with them to church. The Lord has used pastor Dawsons preaching, among other things, to lead me to the Lord and helped me to really trust and believe in Him.
    I remember pastor’s sincerity and integrity, and his hospitability, as well as his wifes.
    I pray the Lord be with you all and that He comforts and strengthens you all.
    Most sincerely,
    Erica Vreugdenhil
    From the Netherlands

  • Geoff Haddow

    I have such warm memories of Colin. After his retirement as pastor at Westoning, he preached for us at Tamworth Road, Croydon 3 or 4 times a year. We loved his ministry, and we were pleased to entertain Mary with him when he came.

    I also have a personal reason to be very grateful to Colin for his work in arranging the seminary at Westoning which I attended for 3 years. These monthly Saturdays were very special times, and Colin together with Peter Hallihan were greatly helped in all that they did.

    I very much hope to be able to attend the thanksgiving service, when it is possible for this to be arranged.