Dawson Tunnell
Rev. Dawson Tunnell

In Memoriam:
Rev. Dawson Tunnell


Rev. Dawson Tunnell spent his life in service. After graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1945, he went to McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. After seminary, he organized the Rosenberg Larger Parish, a group of five Czechoslovakian churches. He then came to Denton for a 15-year tenure at the Synod of the Sun office, where he served as the field representative for the Board of National Missions. Dawson took his turn in parish life, too, pastoring many small churches across Texas.

After he retired, Dawson Tunnell channeled his faith into political activism. He organized Peace Action Denton in 2001 — the first Denton chapter of the national organization. He joined other peace activists to protest the invasion of Iraq in 2007. The same year, he was awarded the Dallas Peace Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was an also advocate for LGBT equality, and as a guest preacher illustrated the idea of “a world house,” in which humankind was called to care for creation and humanity.

Rev. Dawson Tunnell truly served the world as a peacemaker, a teacher, and a friend.






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