Dr. Dawn, as she prefers to be called, is intentional about blessing students, constantly looking for new ways to serve, encourage and teach. She cherishes each one-on-one conversation, and those happen often as students drop into her office to talk and pray about everything under the sun.
Dr. Dawn has good insight into the challenges that students face, having faced plenty of challenges along her own academic journey. In high school, a teacher insisted that Dr. Dawn should not go to college, suggesting instead that she choose a trade school to gain skills as she came from a poor family and the teacher didn't think she was smart enough for an academic future. Dr. Dawn has certainly overcome those discouraging words by earning three degrees, including a doctoral degree, and excelling in her vocation and giftings.
She is grateful to have been raised in a church with two female pastors who became her mentors and affirmed her leadership skills, having Dr. Dawn preaching from the pulpit and teaching adults as a teenager. These experiences strengthened Dr. Dawn's resolve to encourage, teach and enable those stepping outside of the status quo and into God's calling. She has served in the teaching ministry of the church for 43 years helping others to be formed to the image of Christ. She believes in being a vessel used by God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, so that others might encounter transformation with Christ. She travels to local churches mentoring others in the field of Christian Formation and Leadership.
Dr. Dawn serves as Children's Ministry Leader at her church, serves as an Area Team Coordinator of Operation Christmas Child for six Ohio counties, researches family genealogy, and plays with her three orange tabby cats. She is also an avid reader and writer, researching Christian education and leadership. She is married to Dr. Russell Morton, Professional Fellow of Biblical Studies, Ashland and Adjunct Instructor in online courses for New Testament with several institutions.