Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
November 14, 2013
Robin Dixon grew up in Yadkinville and attended elementary there.
For many years he practiced karate, and in 1975 he won the state YMCA karate match. He graduated that year from Forbush and attended Wilkes Community College for a year.
There was still uncertainty as to what he wanted to do so he left school and went into the local racing circuit.
“I grew up in a garage and worked on cars all of my life. I came home, opened a garage and started racing. We ran for a long, long time down at Bowman Gray and were going to move up. That’s pretty much what I was going to do for a living,” Dixon said.
He said God had other plans for him than racing though.
“I got called into the ministry and it just went away. I couldn’t get a ride with anybody there for a long time. I ran my last race at Hickory Speedway and I got called the next day, and I haven’t got in a race car since,” Dixon said.
“It was a closed door from Him. I think He knew that if I got back in it I might drift away. I wasn’t in the ministry full time and I think He knew if I got back into racing I’d probably stick with it,” he said.
He’s been a full-time pastor for 25 years since.
As of Aug. 1, he is the pastor of Union Cross Friends Meeting in Yadkinville. Prior to that, he pastored at Trinity Friends in Lewisville for 14 years.
Dixon was originally a Methodist pastor, preaching for up to four churches at a time for 12 years.
“I married into the church. Cindi my wife, she played the organ. And that’s how I got started in the first, teaching Sunday school.”
It was then he began going back to college at the Duke Divinity School. He took a year of Greek at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in order to enter the Ph.D. program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He graduated from High Point University when he was 40 years old with a degree in Old Testament Judaism.
Dixon said the education was well worth it, but the experience was a tough one.
“When I was going to High Point, I was working full time at the shop, filling in for pastors, and I was going full time to school,” Dixon said. “I did that for about four years, and it was the hardest time of my life. But it was the best time. It was great spiritually, but it was the hardest thing we ever did.”
The long hours of work and studying were a lot to deal with for the couple and their two sons — Robin Gray “Rob” and Ryan.
Rob is 25 years old and Ryan is 20.
In his free time, Dixon enjoys restoring old cars. He is a member of the Yadkin Valley Cruisers Club.
Dixon is an avid motorcycle rider. He has recently rode the entire Outer Banks from North to South, down to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and back home.
In the future, he would like to head West and ride through New Mexico and Arizona, and down Route 66.
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