The Rev. Dr. Dawn Chesser is an ordained elder in full connection with the Holston Conference. She is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and has received both an MDiv and a PhD (liturgical studies) from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the Discipleship Ministries staff, Dawn served for nearly twenty years as part of the Northern Illinois Conference. She moved to East Tennessee in 2010 and transferred her membership to Holston. She has served in many different ministry contexts over the course of her career, and has taught courses in worship and New Testament at the college and seminary levels as well as in the Course of Study.