Dawn was born in Normal, IL. She graduated from Goshen College, BA: Music Education, 1981, and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, M.Div, 1999.
Dawn and her husband Doug have two adult sons.
Dawn & Doug served with Mennonite Central Committee for 13 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Portugal, and Kentucky. She served as pastor at Akron Mennonite, PA, and interim pastor at E. Chestnut St. Mennonite, Lancaster, PA. She also completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Lancaster General Hospital. She served the Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN, on their pastoral team from 2013-September 2016. She joined the Bethel College Mennonite Church as lead pastor on November 1, 2016.