Christina and I are taking our next big step in ministry! We’re excited about it and (if we’re being honest) maybe a little nervous. But it’s time, and it’s also time to let you all know about it, and how you can even be a part of it.


I grew up in and around the church my whole life, and I loved God deeply, though I had no plans to work in ministry as an adult. All that changed when I was 19; the year my father died.

Shortly after the death of my father, and after speaking at his funeral and sharing the gospel there, I couldn’t shake the compelling vision or calling of doing anything other than pastoring. It became clearer and clearer to me that the Spirit was changing my plans, heart, and desires, and leading in me in a new direction—not just towards ministry in general, but church planting and pastoring specifically.

My heart and passion were and are for making solid, growing disciples of Jesus Christ. So I changed my college major to Religion, wrote and published a book, and began serving in greater ministry leadership and speaking capacities. I completed my B.A. in Religion, married my beautiful wife, Christina–who was working on staff
at a large church at the time–and then went on to complete my Master’s in Religion as well.

Residency apprenticeship

So what does that mean for us now? We have submitted to the Stadia Church Planting Network which will provide me with the practical training, accountability, leadership, and resources necessary to equip me as a church-planting pastor. Joining with Stadia includes participating in a one-year full-time residency apprenticeship with a local church to receive hands on biblical training and practical, real life ministry experience.

To do this, I will be partnering with Lifepointe Church, a multi-site church in the Triangle area which is a local Stadia Network church partner, from whom we will eventually be sent out to plant. And that’s the exciting news.

Our Need

However, I cannot do this without your help. The church-planting residency is a 1-year full-time self-funding program of which I have to raise 100% of my financial support. The support needed will fund us now through September of next year. Our goal is to be almost fully funded by August, so there is great urgency in this.

Partner with us

For our full story and lots more info regarding both our 1-year residency and future church planting plans, please CLICK HERE. Would you please consider adding your support to the residency-support funds we must raise? If you have been encouraged by or enjoyed my blog in any way, or simply would like to be a part of what God is going to do with and through us in this next year, please give (tax-deductible) by CLICKING HERE. (Note: Make sure to change the giving reference from “General Fund” to “Leadership Resident – Dodson.”) 100% of every donation will go directly to Christina and I.

Also, if you do decide to give, please let me know so we can put it into our records, and so we can keep you up to date throughout the year with how things are going. And know that both one-time and re-occurring gifts would be appreciated. If you have any specific questions, or just want to be on our newsletter list to receive updates on what is going on with the residency and our church plant, don’t hesitate to contact me (

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