Reverend Dr. Thomas Dawson, Jr. has served as the senior pastor of the SOAR Church since 1998. Prior to his call to pastorship, for 13 years Dr. Dawson held a data control analyst title at the Philadelphia Stock Market and various management titles Automatic Data Processing Brokerage Division, providing client support to major brokerage firms such as Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, and Prudential. He successfully managed an entire department with a 1.5 million dollar budget.
Under the leadership of Dr. Dawson, the SOAR Church has become multi- cultural and has grown from a membership of 50 to over 500 and serves residents in three counties. His vision has enabled the SOAR Church to impact its community by giving over $50,000 to local schools for Autism Awareness and thousands of coats and school supplies to those in need through the years.
Dr. Dawson’s partnership with the New Jersey Food Bank allows the SOAR Church to provide food to hundreds of families monthly through its SOAR food bank.
The church has also sponsored school trips for local schools and provided financial support to families in need.
Dr. Dawson is a current member of the FBI Citizens Organization, Coalition for a Safe Community, Cape May Regional Health Alliance, Cape May County Mental Health Alcohol & Drug Abuse Board, Cape May County Healthy Community Coalition, and Atlantic /Cape May Vicinage Diversity Inclusion and Community Engagement Committee. In addition, Dr. Dawson is a past president of the Oakcrest High School Marching Band Parent Committee.
Dr. Dawson has received numerous awards and honors for his industry, leadership, support of philanthropic activities, and community service.
His greatest value is spending time strengthen his bond with the Lord, his family, and his community.