PASTOR (2019 to PRESENT)
John Dixon was born in St. Louis, Missouri to the late
Elder Will J. and Doris P. Dixon. He gave his life to Christ at
an early age and following graduation from high school, he attended
St. Johns Hospital School of Nursing in Springfield, Missouri where
he completed his studies and became licensed as a Registered Nurse.
In 1973, he married Miss Arlene Solomon, the eldest daughter of
Pastor Eddie L. and Mother Lula M. Solomon of Buffalo, New York.
In 1975, he joined the US Navy and he and Arlene embarked on a 30-year
career that took them to multiple duty stations from coast to coast
and over 10 years in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. At each
of these duty stations, Elder Dixon always found work to do in the
local church and served the pastor and congregation as Sunday School
teacher, YPWW teacher, District Sunday School Superintendent, Interim
Pastor, and Jurisdictional Secretary among many other roles.
He was ordained under the late Bishop J.A. Blake Sr in 1976 in Los
Angeles, California. Completing several formal and informal Bible
Studies at Sacramento Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University
in Christian Education, he applied himself in ministry under Bishop
Levi Willis Sr and Bishop G. Wesley Hardy Sr. at the Cathedral of
Faith Church and School of Ministry in Chesapeake, VA.
Retiring from the Navy in 2005 at the rank of Captain, he and his
wife moved back to the Memphis area and rejoined his former church,
Harris Chapel COGIC. Assisting Pastor Jimmie Harris in the local
ministry, serving as Chairman of the Ministers Alliance, YPWW teacher,
and working with the current project for building a new sanctuary,
he yet finds time to work in the community with the American Red
Cross, , multiple Veterans organizations, and the Tennessee Nurses
On 26 October 2018 he was appointed Pastor of Harris Chapel COGIC
by Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop Brandon B. Porter and an official
installation service was held on 12 January 2019 in Jackson, TN.
Strongly believing that God is not finished with him yet, he continues
to teach and preach the gospel across the U.S. whenever and wherever
the opportunity presents
6979 Sledge Rd.
Millington, TN 38053
Home Phone: (901) 872-0090
Fax Phone: (901) 872-0973
and Work Experience
Pastor of Harris Chapel Church of God in Christ, Millington,
Associate Pastor of Harris Chapel Church of God in Christ, 1961-1974
Chromasco Smelting Co., 1959-1981, Heavy Equipment Operator.
Chromasco Smelting Co. closed in 1981
Chief Contractor for Harris Chapel, Full-Time, 1981-1984. Completed
construction of church sanctuary along with members of Harris
Chapel in 1984.
Coors Brewing Co., 1984-1997, Fork lift Operator. Permanent
lay off in 1997.
Ordained Elder since 1961
President of the Young People Willing Workers (YPWW) in the
Tucker Temple District of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.,
Member of the Central Tennessee Jurisdiction State Ordination
Treasurer of the New Millington District of the Tennessee Jurisdiction,
Service and Awards
Lifetime Member of the National Association of Colored People
Received Special Recognition and Proclamation of Service to
the Community from Millington Mayor Richard Hodges, August 2009
Provided shelter to and work for homeless patrons through the
Salvation Army, 2006-2008
Received a Proclamation of Service to the Community from Congressman
Harold Ford, January 29, 1989
Member of the Neighborhood Christian Center Ministries, 1980-present
Member of the Board of Trustees for AWAKE, a tutorial service
in reading and mathematics for the Millington community, 1985-1989