The NC Conference Board of Trustees has voted that the chapel and large meeting room in the new NC Conference headquarters facility will be dedicated in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Sam Dixon. Rev. Dixon was an Elder member of the NC Conference working with the United Methodist Committee on Relief on assignment when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the already impoverished country of Haiti on January 12, 2010. Rev. Dixon died in the aftermath of the earthquake as rescue workers attempted to free him from the rubble of a hotel collapse.
“We are honored to remember Sam in this way by dedicating this area of worship and learning to his memory,” said Cashar Evans, President of the NC Conference Board of Trustees. Laura Little, Conference Trustee, expressed that “Sam was a tireless servant of Jesus Christ working diligently to his end for those less privileged all over the world.”
The room will be dedicated as the Dixon Chapel and Meeting Room during the building dedication service planned for early June. Details of this service will be announced closer to the service date. The room is planned to be a chapel and meeting room with seating available for approximately 150 people. When used as a training facility with training tables, there will be seating for approximately 50 with outlets and cabling for computer training workshops. The west side or main wall of the room is planned to be decorated for a worshipful experience with appropriate décor for a chapel or prayer room.
The conference facility is planned to be completed during May 2010 with required indoor air testing being performed during May. The building dedication service is tentatively planned for early June 2010 and conference operations will move just after the Annual Conference session in June 2010.