In 1952 a child was born to a woman whose life had been ravaged by unsavory elements forcing her to release her child into an orphanage. Even while living in less than desirable conditions, God would touch this child’s heart, order his steps, and his life would be consecrated as he was anointed for service.
John O. Elliott, was later placed in the care of two loving and God fearing parents, Willie and Louise Dickerson who became the instruments that guided, developed, and strengthened this young life. Though persons of simple graces, they imparted to this young child the hallmark of both their lives. Willie, being a product of the bituminous coal fields of West Virginia gave his son, now named Michael Aaron, his industry and work ethic. Mother Dickerson provided her only child with an appreciation of her God and His Church. It is from these streams of contribution Michael was nourished.
As a part of his maturation Michael announced to the “Ebenezer” Church his call to the preaching Ministry. After serving as broadcast Minister on “WVKO” radio and director of the “Young Peoples Community Choir of Columbus Ohio” and establishing himself as a public personality in the city of Columbus; one October day in 1975 the musician and choir director, having sung on stages and in churches with major gospel artists, rose to the filled auditorium of the “Ebenezer Baptist Church” to preach his initial sermon entitled “Who will stand for God?”
Bishop Dickerson received his education from The Ohio State University, Titus Bible Institute, Boyce Bible College and Freedom Bible College.
After extensive study and preparation Michael Aaron Dickerson was commissioned to his first pastoral post as the Pastor of the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Bellaire, Ohio.
Several years later Bishop Dickerson was called to serve as Pastor of the South Hills Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was also elected by his peers to serve as President of the Pittsburgh Baptist Conference encompassing some one hundred and fifty pastors and churches. His leadership included presiding over three district moderators, a State President and the Treasurer of the National Baptist Convention.
Following many successful years at the South Hills Baptist Church and a lengthy separation from the Ebenezer Baptist Church Bishop Dickerson returned to Ebenezer and currently serves as its eighth pastor.
After five years of discharging his ministry to great effect, Bishop Paul S. Morton, the presiding Bishop of “Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International” appointed our Pastor as a member of the College of Bishops and Presiding Bishop and Establishmentarian of Full Gospel Baptist Churches in West Virginia. The saints of Ebenezer traveled proudly to the city of Miami, Florida in 1998 where 10,000 people witnessed this great elevation. With Mother Louise Dickerson at his side, Dr. Michael A. Dickerson an orphaned son from Switchback West, Virginia became that state’s presiding Bishop which included churches in Fairmont, Bluefield, Charleston, Dunbar, Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington and also Oakley and Ebenezer churches in Columbus, Ohio.
Bishop Dickerson has served as an advisor to the Columbus Board of Education, member of the Ohio Baptist State Convention, Eastern Union District Associates and a member of the Columbus Baptist conference. His leadership included presiding over three district moderators, a State President and the Treasurer of the National Baptist Convention.
Bishop Dickerson has traveled this nation and abroad preaching and teaching about Christ.