J1179

Congratulating The Reverend Robert Walter Dixon, Sr. upon the occasion of his retirement as Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church i...

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  • 10 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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J1179


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating The Reverend Robert Walter Dixon,
Sr. upon the occasion of his retirement as Pastor of Mount Calvary
Baptist Church in Albany, New York

WHEREAS, The character and richness of religious and community life in
this noble Empire State is nourished and fulfilled through the faithful
concern and selfless devotion of those who would commit their energies
and purpose to the ministry of others; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recog-
nition and just tribute to those individuals who distinguish themselves
and the ministry through their unremitting commitment and preeminence of
service; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to congratulate Rever-
end Robert Walter Dixon, Sr. upon the occasion of his retirement as
Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, to be celebrated on Friday, May
10, 2013, at The Century House, Latham, New York; and
WHEREAS, Having served in the pastorate for over 55 years, Reverend
Dixon has brought to his ministry an overwhelming spirit of charity and
compassion, acting from vision and enlightenment in conducting his
administrative and spiritual duties, while always displaying the highest
standards of personal and professional integrity and dedication; and
WHEREAS, This distinguished man of God has always given enlightenment,
guidance and wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and has adminis-
tered abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and corporal needs of
all; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Robert W. Dixon, Sr. has served in the pastorate for
over 55 years; his first pastorate was at Central Baptist Church in Salt
Point, New York, for 19 years, and in June of 1977, he became Pastor of
Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Albany, New York; and
WHEREAS, Pastor Dixon is a pastor and involved community activist;
while in Salt Point, New York, he was an independent candidate for the
Office of Mayor in Poughkeepsie, Vice President of the Poughkeepsie
Middle School Board, and Vice Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dutchess County Commemorative Committee; and
WHEREAS, Upon relocating to Albany, Reverend Dixon became more
involved, visible and outspoken as a life-time member of the NAACP, and
was recognized for his leadership qualities by the Albany Branch; he has
received numerous awards from the community for his untiring work in the
Capital District; a leader of leaders, he garners respect across all
sectors of the community; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Dixon was very instrumental in the organization of
the Police Relations Board serving as Chairman from 1984 to 1998; he is
a former member of the Board of Trustees and member of the Capital Area
Council of Churches, served as Chairman of the Albany Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Memorial Commission, and former member of the New York State
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Dixon was instrumental in the erection of the memo-
rial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Albany's Lincoln Park; he is the
former Chairman of the African American Clergy United For Empowerment
Organization, member of the Salvation Army Board of Directors of Albany,
and serves on other boards and committees in the City of Albany; and
WHEREAS, A retired Manager of Production Control for IBM in Poughkeep-
sie, New York for 28 years, Reverend Dixon had also served in the Armed
Services, where he was stationed at West Point, for nearly five years;
and
WHEREAS, Reverend Dixon has been a member of the Central Hudson
Baptist Association for over 55 years serving as treasurer and later as

the Moderator; because of his faithfulness to the association, the
Robert W. Dixon Retreat Fund was established in his honor; and
WHEREAS, The longest tenured Pastor in the Capital District, Reverend
Dixon served as President of the Empire Baptist Convention, leading an
organization of over 500 churches, from 1998 to 2005; during his tenure
as President, the organization saw a dramatic increase in involvement in
civic activities; he provided a platform for future state leaders to
share their views with over 5,000 constituents, demonstrating that there
is a need for church and state to work together to address the needs and
concerns of all residents of New York State; and
WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife of 38 years, Georgia,
their seven children and seven grandchildren, as well as their two
great-grandchildren, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of his
life and rejoice in his achievements; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when a person
of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our attention it is
appropriate to publicly and jubilantly proclaim and commend that indi-
vidual for the edification of others; now, therefore: be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate The Reverend Robert Walter Dixon, Sr. upon the occasion of
his retirement as Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Albany, New
York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Reverend Robert Walter Dixon, Sr.

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