Dixon to be honored at Newnan Chapel
by w. winston skinner
Newnan Chapel United Methodist Church will be holding an appreciation service for their pastor, Dr. Marcus E. Dixon, and his wife, Cecelia Dixon, on Sunday. The Coweta County Commission has honored Dixon as well, proclaiming Sunday Reverend Dr. Marcus E. Dixon Day. The service at Newnan Chapel will start at 3 p.m.
Dixon came to Newnan Chapel in June 2012. “In the time since Rev. Dixon has been at the church, he has worked with the youth during Vacation Bible School and he has taught a youth evening group,” said Julia Morrison-Morgan, who handles communications for the church.
“He has also started two sessions of Disciple classes outside of his regular church duties,” she added.
Cecelia Dixon has also taken an active role at Newnan Chapel during her husband’s tenure. She “has been instrumental in the development of the church calendar, serves as a lay servant and also assists as a teacher for Sunday school,” Morrison-Morgan said.
Two local pastors, Tamarkus Cook and Yolanda Jones-Colton, will be participating in the service Sunday afternoon.
Tamarkus Cook, pastor of St. Smyrna Baptist Church, will bring the message for the appreciation service. He is “known for delivering messages with a contagious spirit,” Morrison-Morgan said.
Cook is the son of Terry (Camille) Cook and Adriane (Jeffery) Patrick of Newnan. He was reared by his grandparents, Alton and Margaret Kirby, and an aunt, Barbara A. Kirby. Before accepting the position of senior pastor at St. Smyrna, he served as youth minister at Providence Baptist Church in College Park. Earlier, he was minister of music for the Temple of God Church in Newnan.
Cook studied at Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College and most recently completed an associate’s degree in funeral service from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He has worked in various capacities at the Sellers-Smith Funeral home for more than 15 years.
The St. Smyrna pastor and his wife, Brittany, have a son, Tamarkus Terele Cook II.
Jones-Colton, pastor of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church, will serve as worship leader for the service. She earlier was pastor of White Plains United Methodist Church in the St. Marks community near Hogansville.
She and her husband, Gregory Colton, have a son, Myles.
Marcus Dixon attended the county commission meeting on July 9 when a proclamation in his honor was approved. Commissioner Al Smith presented Dixon with a copy of the document.
The proclamation noted Dixon is “a Vietnam veteran and was honorably discharged from the United States Army.” He is “an ordained elder of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and has been in the ministry for more than 30 years,” the proclamation noted.
Dixon received his bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Clark College. He holds master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.
He also has completed the Clinical Pastoral Education residency program through the Verdery Center for Pastoral Counseling, Healing and Education at Georgia Baptist Healthcare System. The proclamation noted Dixon “is a certified Disciple Bible Study Instructor.”
Dixon is from Philadelphia, Penn., the youngest of three sons born to the late Charles and Florence Dixon. He and the former Cecelia King have been married for more than 45 years. They have two daughters, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In designating Sunday as Reverend Dr. Marcus E. Dixon Day, the county commission recognized “his faith and service” and asked Cowetans “to appropriately mark this occasion.”
“Newnan Chapel is looking forward with much anticipation for this appreciation service,” Morrison-Morgan said.