2024                         Theme: "NO TIME TO LOOSE"       II PETER 3:3-11

2574 Hope Mills Road

Fayetteville NC 28306

Bishop Maxie D. Dobson

Bishop Dobson was born to the late Maxie Dobson and Edith Dobson Best in Duplin County (Kenansville), North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from North Carolina Central University in 1976. After graduating, Dr. Dobson was employed by Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana (1976-1991). He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1983. Bishop Dobson founded JIL Bookkeeping, Consulting & Tax Services in 1989, specializing in church administration and the clergy. He received a Master’s Degree in Theology from Calvary Midwest Bible College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in May 2003.

Among the many highlights in Bishop Dobson’s life, the most important day of his life was Easter Sunday 1978, when God saved him under the ministry of Bishop Charles Sims and Dr. Jane Sims at Calvary Community Church in Columbus, Indiana.

After being called to the ministry, Bishop Dobson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Indiana Bible College in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was ordained as an elder by the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., in August 1989.  He and his family relocated from Columbus, Indiana to Durham, North Carolina in 1993 and became members of Greater Emmanuel Temple of Grace (formerly Greater Emmanuel Pentecostal Temple) under the leadership of Bishop Marion E. Wright, Sr.

In February 1999, he was called by God to pastor The Tabernacle of Miracles Church (formerly Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Holiness Church) in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

He was consecrated as a Suffragan Bishop of the North Carolina State Council, the 58th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW), July 2006. In 2014 he was elected as the General Treasurer of the PAW, and served through 2022, and in 2023 elected as an Honorary Bishop of the Executive Board of Bishops.

Bishop Dobson is married to one of the most beautiful women on earth, First Lady Arletha Dobson, who has worked diligently beside him over the years. God has blessed this union with two children, Priscilla and Maxie III and one grandchild, Samone Michelle.

On the third Sunday of August 2002, God sent The Tabernacle a powerful message through Bishop Dobson. If you ask Bishop Dobson, or any member of the congregation, what the word is for the church today, they will simply tell you to “Look for Miracles and Expect the Impossible!!!”