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Dawn Bond

Dawn Bond is the registrar and director of admissions at Austin Grad. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in English from Midwestern State University where she also taught and tutored English composition and technical writing. Dawn also received a certificate in Women’s and Deaf Ministry from Sunset International Bible Institute. She has worked alongside her husband in various ministry positions, including youth, campus, and pulpit ministries. She currently serves her church as a deaf interpreter, as part of the Spiritual Growth and Development team, and on the Steering committee for women’s ministry. Dawn and her husband have two grown children. Email me (
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Join us for a guest lecture: The Reign of God in the Book of Daniel

Posted by Dawn Bond on April 2, 2018 at 9:47 AM

At noon on Wednesday, April 4, Austin Graduate School of Theology will host a brown-bag lecture by Dr. Choon-Leong Seow, Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University on the topic “The Reign of God in the Book of Daniel.”

Everyone interested in the subject is welcome to bring a lunch and join us in the Hocott Student Commons.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Biblical Narrative, Old Testament, Scripture Passage

New Summer Course - Don't Miss Out!

Posted by Dawn Bond on March 7, 2018 at 1:13 PM

You won't want to miss this exciting new course

with Dr. Jim Reynolds!

Pastoring in an Age of Spiritual Anarchy

July 16-20, 23-27, 6pm-9:40pm

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Topics: Discipleship

Grace and Peace: Remembering the Kingdom Work of David Worley

Posted by Dawn Bond on December 5, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Grace and Peace: Essays in Memory of David Worley is a compilation of biographical essays honoring the life of a remarkable man. A man, that I must admit, I did not know before reading this commemorative work. Edited by Thomas H. Olbricht and Stan Reid, this compilation was penned by 18 very different authors – all of whom knew David well. An honest and intimate look at one man’s life, this book is a collection of memories to be preserved and passed on for the benefit of those who grieve him now, as well as those who never knew him.

As the back cover indicates, “David Worley was an extraordinary man of many talents and interests.” In reading this work, I understand that David, like so many of us, wore many hats: husband, father, teacher, administrator, mentor, missionary, and visionary. Each of these essays gives testimony to these different facets of David’s life by those who experienced it.

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Topics: Personal, Teaching Moment, On-Topic Today, About Austin Grad

After Seminary Graduation: Embrace the Strange

Posted by Dawn Bond on June 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

With another graduation under the belt (view graduation photos at the end of this post), I can’t help but reflect on how strange but familiar this ceremony felt. I’m finishing up my second year with Austin Grad and my second graduation ceremony that I have helped orchestrate. But there’s been a lot of strange but familiar this time around. Last year everything was strange for me. I didn’t know all of the graduates very well; I’d never been to the venue before, and all the planning was beyond anything I’d ever done. Thankfully, for the graduates, Renee was right there beside me keeping me on the right path!

This year, I know the graduates a little bit better. Spending a few semesters as their academic liaison, advising and registering them, and sending them countless reminders, has enabled me to love and appreciate the uniqueness that God has placed in each one of them. These are familiar people. And, while the planning and organizing has mostly followed the same timeline and tasks as last year, there is a strangeness about this graduation. We moved the ceremony to a different venue, held the event on a different time and day, two of our regular faculty were absent, and a local preacher, rather than an academic gave our commencement address. It was…strange.

Strange…but familiar – this phrase adequately describes what I believe our graduates will experience (if they haven’t encountered it already) in ministry beyond the walls of this seminary. As I scrambled about trying to get everything in order for this important event for our graduates, I reflected on this phrase many times. I can honestly say that the phrase “well, that’s strange” has been the verdict on many a situation in ministry over the last 10 years. And the one thing that I have concluded from all of these experiences and ruminations is this: Strange and familiar are ready companions.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Teaching Moment, Ministry Opportunities

Seminary Graduation and Regalia and Diplomas, Oh My!

Posted by Dawn Bond on May 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Research. Presentations. Exams.

The last months leading up to seminary graduation can be a terrifying blur for students, as they enter what seems to be an interminable time of preparation and finishing. And for those orchestrating the event, the weeks before are filled with endless meetings, degree audits, email reminders, and weekly follow-ups with students, board members, faculty and staff - all with one purpose in mind - a seminary graduation ceremony that honors the hard work and perseverance of our graduates.

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Topics: About Austin Grad

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