Dawn Neely



I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior at age 27. My husband, who was a minister in our church baptized me. Since that time I have grown to love the Lord in a richer and deeper capacity and I have never gotten over what He did for me on the cross at Calvary! I serve Him with gladness which is my way of thanking Him every day for all He has done for me.

Family Life

She married her college sweetheart and they have celebrated 44 years of marriage. She is the proud mother of four amazing daughters. She is privileged to have four sons-in-love and nine beautiful grandchildren.

The Lord called her back into the workforce, when she least expected it, after many years of being a stay-at-home mom. She is now retired from a life in education that spanned 28 years.

She lives with her husband in Laurens, South Carolina. He serves as the minister of music at Second Baptist Church and she works alongside him in the music ministry. She also serves as a Sunday school teacher.


Speaking Topics

Weaving real life with biblical teaching, Dawn loves to teach women the truth found in Scripture and encourages them to see themselves as Christ sees them. Using her classic story-telling style and every day life examples, Dawn’s topics include but are not limited to:

Simply Different 

(Keynote or Multi-Message)  What makes us different from those around us? Do we really matter before a high and holy God? Simply Different focuses on a greater understanding of the holiness of God as the essential foundation for living differently from everyone else around us. 

A High View of a Holy God 

(Keynote or Multi-Message)  Focuses on who God is and why we as His people are called to trust and obey. As John Piper wrote in his book Desiring God, “we have turned away from the path of his commandments because we thought we knew better.” God’s plan is always for our good and this session will focus on how it is our call to walk in obedience.

Holding a High View of Christ’s Sacrifice 

(Keynote or Multi-Message)  Provides a glimpse into the mercy and justification God provides. There are points along life’s journey that we will never be able to pass spiritually until we learn to walk in the confidence that Jesus will support the full weight of our souls.

A High View of Holy Living 

(Keynote or Multi-Message)  Leads others to realize that living in holiness is not about perfection and it is attainable for every follower of Jesus Christ.

Your Personal Commitment to Moving Towards Holiness 

(Keynote or Multi-Message)Based upon principles from Kevin DeYoung’s book, The Hole in our Holiness. This talk will help us all realize our call to holiness is from God. God’s people are called to be righteous, not perfect, in a way that genuinely pleases God. We will move from wanting God’s “Presents” to desiring His “Presence.”

From Pampers to the Parsonage to the Principal’s Desk 

(Keynote or Multi-Message)  This popular and humorous session chronicles her life’s journey in the hilarious and often amazing ways that God has taught her to show grace and practice every day joy. As a pastor’s wife, parent, and principal, the Lord has given her numerous opportunities to experience unforgettable “believe it or not” stories laced with humor and love.

The Danger of Single Story Line 

(Keynote)  Peter, Jonah, Mary Magdalene, David and Moses could have all been characterized by a single act of rebellion. Yet God saw them as He sees us; not what we are but what we can be through His marvelous grace. This session explores learning to go beyond our own prejudices to the true heart of a person.

Education / Experience

  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education
  • M.A. in Counseling/Specialist Degree - Supervision and Curriculum
  • M.A. in Gifted and Talented
  • Keynote speaker for women’s retreats in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Florida
  • Bible Teacher for an inter-denominational weekly bible study for women
  • Program chairperson for the Laurens, SC chapter of Community Bible Study, an internationally recognized program for the study of God’s Word for women



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