co-lead Pastor, Courage Church
Dawn began studying in Bible School at Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL) when God told her "Go to film school!" so she immediately moved to Chicago to study film at Columbia College, where she graduated with a degree in Film and Video (also where she met Jacob). It doesn't take hearing much of the story of the Bender's to know how clearly it was God telling her to drop out of BIBLE SCHOOL, to study film. What she learned would set their family up for an incredible journey.
She has been married to her husband Jacob for over ten years.
They have four daughters and are raising them together in Southwest Detroit.
After getting married, the Bender's moved to Los Angeles where they were immediately hired at the Los Angeles Dream Center/Angelus Temple (2008) to be the Media Directors of the youth ministry. After only a few months they were transferred out of youth and into working for Angelus Temple under the leadership of Pastor Matthew Barnett, and eventually became the media directors for Dream Records, where they produced, directed and edited several music videos and other projects.
They then moved to New York City (2011) to be a part of the recently planted New York Dream Center, under the leadership of Pastors Brad and Stella Reed, before accepting the call March of 2015 to be the Pastors of Courage Church in Detroit, MI.
She is currently studying to earn her masters of theology at Northpoint Bible College.