Rev. Erlinda C. Dobson
Rev. Erlinda C. Dobson, Presiding Elder New Bern District is a native of New Bern, NC. She graduated from Hood Theology Seminary 2004 with a Master of Divinity. She received her calling in 1975 at Pleasant Hill AME Zion Church, New Bern, North Carolina. She was ordained in the AME Zion Church in 1982 as a Deacon, 1985 Ordained Elder and was appointed to Mount Olive AME Zion Church Riverdale, NC in 1983.
She has pastored the following churches: Alliance Chapel, Alliance, NC 4 years, Walter Chapel, Newport, NC and St. Mark, Mansfield, NC 4 years, Wesley Chapel, New Bern, NC 7 years, St. Mark, Whiteville, NC 4 years and St. Julia, Jacksonville, NC 9.5 years. In July 2012 was appointed Presiding Elder, New Bern District, and is now serving as the interim pastor of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church, New Bern, NC. Each church was made better by her gifts and love for God.
Presiding Elder Dobson worked and was trained by the Late Rev. Dr. William L. Wainwright for several years before his demise.
She is a spiritual transformer. Many souls have come to the Lord under her leadership. Five preacher have birthed from her ministry. She is a trailblazer and a mover. She hears the Lord speaking to her and follows His directions. Her outstanding spiritual leadership led the congregation of St. Julia AME Zion Church to build a 2.5 million dollar church. Within four years, the church had purchased property, paid off loans, paid off the parsonage and the mortgage on the new church is less than $700 thousand dollars. She has written and led a group of writers in producing a meditation book for 7 years.
She is the first female in the following areas of the North Carolina Conference: Elected a delegate to the General Conference from her first appointment at Mt. Olive, Riverdale, NC, first female to Pastor the following churches: Wesley Chapel, New Bern, NC, St. Julia, Jacksonville NC, and Clinton Chapel, New Bern, NC. She is the first female to be appointed as Presiding Elder in the Grand Ole NC Conference and the first female to preach in the General Conference on a Sunday afternoon. She was also the first female pastor at St. Mark, Whiteville, NC, Cape Fear Conference..
Founder of several non-profit organizations, one of the original founder MLK Parade and Scholarship Banquet.
She has served on the following boards: NC Conference Studies, Board of Election, Democratic Party, NAACP, Friends to Black Children, Board member Council of Churches, Council of Churches Delegate, MLK Celebration, Watchman of the Community, Weed of Seed President, Juvenile Justice President
Several Health Fair, Prostate Awareness, HIV/Aides and Diabetic workshops were planned by Rev. Dobson. She also partnered with Affordable Care to help the uninsured receive affordable health care.
She has a Leadership Award in her honor given by Northeast Development Non-Profit Organization and a Tree has been planted in Onslow County in her honor. She was awarded a gold medal by Old North State Medical Society. She has received many awards and is still serving in many capacities in her district.
Married to Mr. Hank J. Dobson and together they have 6 children, 12 grandchildren. She adores her mother Mrs. Lelia Becton; she has two sisters and three brothers. She loves her family and spends as much time with them.