Dr. Connie Dawson became the lead pastor of Radiant Church in 2011. Pastor Connie is known for her straightforward, high impact preaching and teaching with divine revelation, which brings the Scriptures to life, and generates a hunger for more of His presence. Believers are established in foundational truths as she delivers powerful insights from the Word of God. She is an intercessor who seeks to have a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and the anointing she experiences in ministry is an overflow of her time of intimate prayer, worship, and waiting on God. Pastor Connie has a MA in Theology, a Master of Divinity, a MBA from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in Renewal History and Theology from Regent University, VA Beach.
Dr. Dawson is the founder and driector of Banner of Love Ministries, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Under this ministry, they served as missionaries in China for five years where Connie worked with church leaders and taught in the underground Bible schools, and Bruce taught in government universities. They also served for five years in the Philippines at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary where Bruce worked as the assistant business administrator, and Connie ministered with local pastors and traveled as an international conference speaker and teacher.
Currently, in addition to pastoring, Dr. Dawson is a professor for Global Awakening Theological Seminary and Family of Faith University where she teaches Church and Revival History. She is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. Before entering full time ministry, she was the founder and administrative director of Cardiology at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center here in Lincoln.
Pastor Connie has two married sons and six grandchildren.
Read more in this article from the Lincoln Journal Star.
Pastor Connie Dawson
“It’s all about love!!”
Our vision, the culture we seek to create, and the reason we exist as a church is simple -- to obey Jesus by loving God and loving people.
Radiant is a contemporary Spirit empowered church that seeks to love God and love people thereby training and equipping the saints to love the lost to Jesus. At Radiant we understand that we are all broken people whom God is putting back together again. Because we understand our fallen condition, we seek to be a safe place where everyone is welcome to “come as you are” and experience the love and acceptance of Jesus as well as to find friendship and encouragement in order to walk this amazing Christian journey together.
Jesus was once asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus responded saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it; love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
After the resurrection and before Jesus ascended back to heaven, Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue His ministry. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:18-20) This is known as the Great Commission. Jesus’ mission is still our commission today and is one of the core emphasis at Radiant Church.
The people who call Radiant home seek to exalt Jesus Christ as the King and trust him to empower and enable us to do the work of the Kingdom for His glory. We seek to “be imitators of God . . . and live a life of love just as Christ loved us.” (Ephesians 5:1) Because it really is “all about love!!”
Radiant is a contemporary Spirit empowered Christ-centered church that seeks to love God, to love people, and to train and equip the saints to love the lost to Jesus.
Prayer & Worship
service & fellowship
Train & equip
Love the lost
What We Believe
2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21
One True God
Duet. 6:4; Isa. 43:10, 11; Matt 28:19; Luke 3:22
Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
Matt. 1:23; Heb. 7:26; Acts 2:22
Fall of Man
Gen. 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Rom. 5:12-19
Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Rom. 10:13-15; Eph 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7
Ordinances of the Church
Baptism in water: Matt 28:19
Holy communion: 1Cor. 11:26
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 2:4; 1 Cor. 12:1-31
Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:15-16
Priesthood of All Believers
Mark 16:15-20; Eph. 4:11-16
Ex. 23:25; Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:16-17; James 5:14-16; I Peter 2:24
End Times Events
Second coming of Christ
Rapture of the saints
Resurrection of the dead Christ
Final judgement Matt. 24:27-30; Rev. 1:7, 19:11-14; 20:1-6; Isa. 11:6-9; Ps. 2:3-8; Micah 4:3-4; Matt. 25:46; Mark 4:43-48
New heavens and the new earth 2 Peter 3:13; Rev. 21:22
Connie Dawson, Ph.D.
Radiant Christian Academy Director