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EARLY LIFE
Dywane Henry Dawkins, Sr. was born and raised on Long Island New York, where he would soon begin sharpening his leadership skills by being the oldest of four under the guidance of his family. Within the protection of a nurturing Christian home, Pastor Dawkins dedicated his life to the Lord at the early age of 12. He was brought up, saved, and baptized in a holiness church. Outside of those four walls young DH Dawkins was greatly influenced by his grandparents. Pastor Dawkins learned many lessons from both the church and his daily life experiences, which would prove most useful later on in life.
 
AWAKENING
In his early teenage years, Pastor Dawkins noticed a transformation process occurring, as God began to move in his life as the master conductor, orchestrating many different chains of events. The ultimate event that would lead Pastor Dawkins to the pulpit would be a charge to leadership, and an undeniable call on his life to ministry. Since the age of fourteen, God spoke clearly to Pastor Dawkins to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and bring about life transforming experiences among ministries and lives that transcends ethnic, generational, socioeconomic and denominational barriers.
 
EDUCATION
He is a graduate of SUNY Old Westbury with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary with a Masters in Professional Studies in Urban Ministry. Pastor Dawkins taught in the New York Public School System for 8 years; meanwhile, serving as an advisor for college student organizations. Pastor Dawkins served as President for the Eastern New York General Assembly of the Churches of God State Youth Organization that consisted with over 21 youth fellowships.
 
PRESENT DAY
In 2006, he relocated to serve in full-time ministry as Senior Pastor at the Church of God of West Broward in Ft. Lauderdale, FL after the retirement of its founder, Dr. Reginald G. Smith. God used Pastor Dawkins to cultivate a thriving and relevant kingdom minded ministry that has remained Christ-Centered and life transforming. 
 
Being led of the Lord, Pastor Dawkins changed the name of the church to Praise Tabernacle International in January of 2009. Pastor Dawkins continues to be an itinerant preacher/teacher and committed pastor. Currently, Pastor Dawkins is under the apostolic covering of his spiritual father, Bishop Timothy Clarke of Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Dawkins also serves on the Berean Fellowship’s Board of Presbytery also led by Bishop Clarke.  He is also apart of the Christian Covenant Fellowship of Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Michael A. Blue of Marion, SC.
  
Pastor Dawkins is the founder and CEO of DHDawkins Ministries, and through teaching, seminars, partnerships, life coaching, ministry coaching, mentoring, publications, CDs and DVDs, the internet, etc this ministry has a reach that goes beyond the religious arena and into the sectors of education, medicine, humanitarianism, psychology, government, finances and more. DHDawkins Ministries promotes and produces successful living on and by purpose, driven by passion and maintained by principles.
 
Pastor Dawkins has been blessed to be happily married to his anointed, graceful and beautiful wife, Lady Tamia Dawkins; whom together they have three wonderful sons, D.H.Dawkins, II, Daryn Nathanael Dawkins & Dathyn Declyn Dawkins.
 
His attributes are congruent with that of being a servant leader, while his dynamic personality exudes a genuine care, love, and concern for all of God’s people. The package of this anointed preacher is charismatic, eloquent, spirit filled, and always ready to serve. There is no doubt why God’s Hand of uncommon favor is on Pastor Dawkins, as he recognizes that only God can take him higher. As he is often heard saying, “Where He leads me I will follow.”
 
Pastor Dawkins is poised to take the globe by storm for the glory of God. He has been groomed and prepared for such a time as this. 
 
 
AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
 

  • Pastor Dawkins currently serves on the National Board of the Gospel Heritage Foundation,

  • The Sun Sentinel currently acknowledges Pastor Dawkins one of the 100 most influential people in South Florida.

  • Nominated among the top 100 candidates for the 2016 John Maxwell Leadership Award.

  • Awarded the 2016 Broward County PTA/PTSA Child Welfare Award.

  • Facilitated the opening prayer for the 2016 National Urban League Conference Gala.

  • Keynote Prayer Breakfast Speaker for the Broward Urban League 2015 & 2016.

  • Hosted Broward County Back to School Prayer Vigil with School Officials 2013-2016.

  • In 2015, he established the D.H.Dawkins Adopt Our School Program.​

  • In 2014 Pastor Dawkins received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St Thomas Christian University.

  • In the beginning of 2013, Pastor Dawkins was afforded the opportunity to facilitate the opening prayer for the yearly session of the House of Representatives in the State of Florida. ​

  • In 2013 he received the Black Street Awards for Excellence in Spirituality in NYC.

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