Dotson remembered for seeing all the people
By Heather Hahn, UM News
Originally posted on UMNews.org.
The Rev. Junius B. Dotson liked to say, “Discipleship begins with relationship.”
At a livestreamed “homegoing service” March 6, United Methodists celebrated Dotson’s life of building relationships and strengthening faith around the globe.
Dotson — the top executive of Discipleship Ministries since 2016 — died Feb. 25 at age 55. It was less than a month after announcing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
“We can celebrate his life this morning because Junius was a dedicated father; he was a devoted friend; he was a diehard Cowboys fan. But most of all he was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Michael L. Bowie Jr., a friend who served as a sort of emcee for the service. Bowie is the denomination’s executive director of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century.
The service took place at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, which Dotson grew up attending with his grandmother. The congregation is also among the denomination’s largest.