Faith brought ‘transformation’ to Dixon’s lifeWritten by Justin R. Kalmes | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Crystal Dixon’s faith “developed in earnest” while she was an undergraduate at BGSU in 1980.
Though she grew up attending church, she said, it wasn’t until the summer before her sophomore year that she witnessed the impact faith could have on a person’s life. Dixon’s roommate from the previous year sent her a letter to notify Dixon she had become religious. In the letter, she said she would understand if Dixon wanted to find a new roommate.
Undeterred, Dixon continued the living arrangement and friendship. The boost in confidence and peace of mind she witnessed in her friend was all Dixon needed to convince her of the power of faith, she said.
“I saw just a transformation in her life,” Dixon said. “Ultimately, I gave my heart to the Lord in 1980, and it’s just been a wonderful life.”
A lifelong Toledoan, Dixon, 47, attended Toledo Public Schools and graduated from the former DeVilbiss High School. Her deceased father, Merle Dixon, was a longtime educator. Her mother, Nadine Dixon, still lives in the area.
Dixon completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at BGSU and her graduate work at UT in education with a specialty in human resources.
She began her career as a human resources professional with a private energy firm in Monroe, Mich. From 1998 to 2002, she worked for the Lucas County Board of Mental Retardation.
Then, Bill Logie, UT’s interim senior vice president for finance and administration, recruited her to the former Medical University of Ohio (MUO).
While working at MUO and then UT after the institutions merged, she said, Dixon had at least three promotions. She was named interim associate vice president of human resources in June. Dixon said she has received only positive performance reviews from UT.
Dixon joined her church, the End Time Christian Fellowship, upon its inception in 1991. She described the church as a nondenominational, Bible-based Christian congregation.
In late 1998, Dixon accepted a call to become a minister, which she described as a “divine mandate.”
Toledoan Mary Johnson said she has known Dixon for more than 10 years. Herself a Catholic, Johnson said Dixon is respectful of others’ beliefs and never pushes her faith on anyone.
“She lives out by what she believes and stands by her convictions but yet respects other people’s as well,” Johnson said.
Coretha Williams, a pastor at the End Time Christian Fellowship, described Dixon as an “overall great person.”
“She’s a woman of integrity and of excellence,” Williams said.
The End Time Christian Fellowship welcomes people of any sexual orientation, Williams said.
“We teach of love and acceptance,” she said.
Despite Dixon’s views on homosexuality, she never let them affect her job performance at UT, said Thomas A. Sobecki, her attorney.
“Crystal Dixon does not hate gay people,” he said. “She loves gay people as God’s people also.”
Dixon said is being unfairly labeled by people who disagree with her religious beliefs.
“I believe persons who express positions of opposition on homosexuality are automatically branded as bigots and that’s really unfair,” she said. “Any human being who suggests they don’t have bias, they’re not being honest.”