For more that 28 years, Dawson McAllister has been speaking to and for the American teenager. A Peoria, Illinois, native, he graduated from Bethel College in Minnesota and then studied at Talbot Theological Seminary. While in seminary, McAllister worked as a youth pastor and began a coffee house ministry in the late 1960's to runaways who had come to Southern California. Recognizing the need to help students nationwide, McAllister founded Shepherd Productions in 1973.

In January 1991, McAllister began broadcasting a live two-hour call-in program for teenagers on 13 radio stations. Dawson McAllister Live! is now one of the fastest growing Christian radio programs. It is now heard in over 425 radio markets and in almost every state in United States. It was also recognized by the National Religious Broadcasters association in January 1994 as the Talk Show of the Year.

When he is not hosting his radio program or speaking at a conference, McAllister is at home with his wife and two adopted sons. They live on a farm—McAllister’s an avid horseman—just south of Nashville, Tennessee.

McAllister has written 18 manuals from which he teaches at student conferences. His two most recent manuals are Making Peace at Home and Finding Hope For Your Home. His books include: Please Don’t Tell My Parents and How to Know If You’re Really in Love.

Dawson is not part of the staff of Christian Answers, but we have published many of his articles.

Link to Dawson’s Web site