Our Deacon

The Reverend Barbara Dawson, Deacon

Barbara was born into an Air Force family and spent her early years living all over the country.  When her father retired, the family settled in Southern California, where she went to high school and college.  She met her husband, David, her first week of college at the University of Southern California.  They wed at the end of Barbara’s junior year when David began his Navy commitment.  The Navy took them to San Diego where Barbara graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Social Science.
After David left the Navy, the couple lived in Long Beach, CA for several years before David’s job took them to Salt Lake City, Utah.  During their seven years in Salt Lake, Barbara studied for the permanent diaconate and was ordained a deacon in 1985 in the Diocese of Utah.  Two years later, David took a job in San Francisco, and the family moved to the Bay Area where they have lived ever since, currently residing in Concord.
Barb began serving as the deacon at Church of the Resurrection in the fall of 1987.  She became canonically resident in the Diocese of California in 2006.
In addition to her church activities and ministry, Barbara works full time as a homeowner association portfolio manager, currently managing
8 HOAs in the East Bay.
The Dawsons have two adult children and one grandson, all living in various places in California.  They are avid USC football fans and enjoy a friendly rivalry with their friends from other schools.  Barb loves to read, do needlework, travel, sing, and spend time with her family and friends.