'It's a God thing;' minister on missing evangelist

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A pentecostal and apostolic evangelist, missing from his travel trailer parked at New Life Family Tabernacle since Monday morning, is in God's hands, one of the congregation's clergymen said Tuesday afternoon.

"I think it's a God thing," said Scott Stiles, a minister at the church on Fox Lane said shortly after a second day of searching was halted for lack of results and exhaustion by volunteer firefighters. "God's got his hand in it. He's got it under control. Everything is going to be fine."

Evangelist David Dickerson, 49, stepped out of his travel trailer at about 7:30 a.m. Monday to take a walk, according to his wife, Tammy. There are no confirmed sightings of 265-pound man since then. He stands five-foot, 11-inches tall.

However, Lewisburg Police Detective Sgt. David Henley said Tuesday afternoon that there have been two unconfirmed sightings.

* One was at about 8 a.m. Monday when someone fitting his description was reported walking on Cornersville Highway toward Lewisburg's public square.

* Another unconfirmed sighting was at about 3 p.m. Monday in Chapel Hill where he was seen on foot walking north along Nashville Highway, U.S. 31A.

He's been described as wearing a blue button-down shirt and gray pants, Henley said.

About 40 people searched woods, roads and paths in the vicinity of the New Life Family Tabernacle on Tuesday morning. Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Bob Hopkins put Belfast Fire Chief Ricky Cozart in charge of the search.

Cozart and Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams used an aerial map downloaded from the Internet to keep track of what areas in a four to five mile area had been searched.

At about 1:45 p.m., Williamson advised nearly a dozen volunteers that the day's search had been called off for the time being. People were tired and hungry.

Asked if there was any way to know where Dickinson might be, Williams replied, "No, but we know where he isn't."

Up to that point, Henley heard nothing to indicate there is foul play involved in this missing person's case. Henley and other investigators were following up on the leads in Cornersville and Chapel Hill.

Dickinson, his wife and children have been traveling from one revival to another.

Asked if they have a fixed home, Tammy Dickinson, replied, "We just travel. We don't really have a home."

He'd delivered a sermon in Nortonville, Ky., before driving to Lewisburg. Here, he delivered two sermons on Sunday.