Dawson McAllister, Founder and President
Board Member Since: 1973
Dawson graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul MN and did his seminary work at Talbot Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, CA. His calling as a spokesman to, and for, teenagers and young adults began more than 40 years ago. In that time he has written 18 books and was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Biola University. In 1973 he founded Shepherd Productions, the 501c3 that is known today as the Dawson McAllister Association.
Shortly after, he pioneered his city-wide student conferences, a youth group conference model that taught students Biblical truths they could apply to their lives in practical ways. Over 20 years, these conferences grew to arena-sized events and were attended by over a million students.
In January 1991, a new opportunity presented itself-Radio. Starting on five Christian stations, his call-in talk show, Dawson McAllister Live! grew to 250 stations.
In 1994 it was voted National Religious Broadcasters’ Talk Show of the Year. Recognizing that more was needed to rescue young people from their deep dilemmas, in October 1991, Dawson founded TheHopeLine ” an off-air coaching line where more than 1.2 million one-on-one conversations have provided emotional and spiritual triage for 13- to 29-year-olds who were struggling with everything from addiction to despair.
In 2015 TheHopeLine took part in more than 4000 suicide interventions. In addition, Dawson and his team have built community of trusted partners to whom the organization makes thousands of annual referrals to 15 vetted partners.
In 2005, Dawson pioneered once again by creating a Top 40 version of syndicated show, Dawson McAllister Live! Today, Top 40 radio affiliates across the country deliver clear thinking and right values to hundreds of thousands each week. In 2012, he launched Dawson 24/7, an Internet radio network with three round-the-clock stations.
Dawson has been married to Ruth Hill for almost 40 years. They have two sons, Fulton and Gene McAllister.
Robert D. Barkley, Vice President and Treasurer
Board Member Since: 2005
Robert D. (Bob) Barkley lives in Dallas Texas and is a Managing Director of Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, LLC (BHMS), and serves as Director of Client Development. He is responsible for the firm’s marketing and client service activities with institutional investors and their investment consultants worldwide. BHMS is one of the largest value-oriented investment managers in the U.S., with close to $100 billion in equity and fixed income assets under management.
Bob graduated from Baylor University with a BBA and from the Baylor School of Law with a JD in 1980. Prior to joining BHMS in 1996, he was a Vice President and Regional Sales Manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He has been a friend of Dawson’ since 1972, when at the age of 16, they met at a youth rally at which Dawson was the speaker. Bob is married to Brenda and is on the board of numerous ministries and faith based non-profits.
Rob Broin, Board Chairman
Board Member Since: 2007
Rob Broin is President of RMB Associates LLC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. RMB Associates is the family office for the Rob and Miriam Broin family, and also operates several of their real estate developments and holdings. In addition, Rob is a large investor in four operating businesses and has board level responsibilities in each of them. They include Environmental Tillage Systems Inc., a farm implement manufacturer in Faribault, Minnesota, Otoka Energy LLC, an independent electrical power producer in Ione, California, Swift Fuels LLC, a developer of specialty fuels in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Paradigm Construction, a commercial builder based in Sioux Falls, specializing in multifamily residential complexes and Veterans Administration projects.
Rob and his wife, Miriam, of 34 years have three sons and two daughters-in-law. Rob and Miriam have a family mission statement as follows: “In response to God’s grace, RMB and the Broin Family strive to serve as an instrument of God, prayerfully following His will, using His gifts to support things that fill a real need in the lives of His children, using the talents He has given individual members of the family to improve the lives of others.” Rob is active in Christian charitable causes and oversees the family’s charitable giving. Rob and Miriam and two of their boys have participated in two mission trips to Kenya, Africa with World Vision.
Rob is Chairman of the board of Dawson McAllister Association. Rob is also active in Cru City Sioux Falls, a marketplace ministry. He leads a weekly men’s small group bible study and participates in the city leadership team that organizes citywide events. Rob enjoys mentoring several men from his Bible study group.
Ruth Hill McAllister, Board Member
Board Member Since: 2000
Ruth Hill McAllister has a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Vanderbilt University. She taught school and served eight years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ before marrying Dawson in 1977. She was founder and chairman for ten years of Wonderful Weekend for Women, and has been involved in ministry to teens and women for over 40 years.
In 2007, Ruth Hill was able to edit and publish a new edition of her great-grandfather Sam R. Watkin’s book Co. “Aytch”, First Tennessee Regiment: Or, a Side Show of the Big Show. Ruth Hill faithfully volunteers every Sunday night as a Production Assistant for the radio show Dawson McAllister Live! She is the mother of two sons, Fulton and Gene McAllister.
Craig Lawrence, Secretary
Board Member Since: 2006
Craig is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is recently retired from Lawrence and Schiller, the ad agency he co-founded in the 1970’s. In 1981, having recently come to Christ, Craig was invited by Dr. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, to lend his talents to extend the reach of the Gospel. Taking a leave of absence from his agency, now 75 employees strong, and moving to Southern California, Craig answered the call of God on his life. A year later he was appointed by President Reagan as the media chairman for the Year of the Bible. In this position Craig developed an evangelistic advertising campaign called Power for Living, which the Lord blessed with several million indicated decisions for Christ.
Back home in South Dakota in 1991, Dr. Bill Bright once again challenged Craig, this time to lead an effort to take the Gospel to Mongolia, a nation with only one known believer at the time. Craig led a delegation of 23 people to Mongolia to premier the JESUS film, the first western film the Mongolians had ever seen in their own language. After the Mongolian leaders saw this film, they asked Craig to help them revise their constitution in order to officially change the official religion from Buddhism to a guarantee of religious freedom.
In the late 1980’s Craig met Dawson after watching his children’s faith grow in response to their attendance at Dawson’s Student Conferences. He and his wife Marcia have three grown children and a growing flock of grandchildren.