About Gary Fenton

Gary Fenton is currently Senior Advancement Officer at Samford University, after having served the 7700 member Dawson Family of Faith in Birmingham, Alabama, as Senior Pastor for over 25 years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Nazarene University and a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Fenton went on to receive a Doctor of Ministry degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Prior to moving to Alabama, Fenton served as the Senior Pastor of churches in Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. While at Dawson, Fenton addressed thousands in central Alabama through a weekly telecast on WIAT 42. Fenton’s story-telling style of speaking and writing have made him a frequent speaker on the subject of leadership in both the not-for-profit and business communities. In addition, he also served as an adjunct professor at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham teaching graduate courses in Leadership, Church Finance, and Church Administration. Fenton was also in Leadership Birmingham, Class of 2002 and Leadership Alabama, Class of 2008. As a frequent writer on leadership, his articles have been used in leadership and administration classes in several seminaries and graduate schools. Fenton also wrote Good for Goodness’ Sake (New Hope, 2006), Your Ministry’s Next Chapter (Bethany House, 1999) and co-authored Mastering Church Finances (Multnomah Publishers, 1992).

While attempts to build character and develop leadership skills are usually directed to the young, Fenton’s passion is helping adults in their mid-life develop authentic character and become effective leaders. During life’s first 40 years, character and leadership development are often pursued in order to achieve positions of power and accumulate possessions. But between the ages of 40 and 60 and even beyond, adults have the opportunity to become transformative leaders through serving and exhibiting authentic character. Fenton is interested in helping adults find the path that leads to the development of good character and the path that results from having good character. It’s far greater to have character than to be known as a character.

You can contact Gary Fenton at garyfenton@aol.com and follow on Twitter @GaryFenton07.


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