Chapel named for minister killed in Haiti quake

Posted June 6, 2010 9:44 a.m. EDT

— A chapel in Garner will be named in honor of a Methodist minister from Roanoke Rapids who was killed in the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.

Rev. Sam Dixon, 60, and two other leaders of the United Methodist Committee on Relief were already in Port-au-Prince on a humanitarian mission when the 7.0-magnitude quake struck. The Montana Hotel collapsed, trapping the men inside.

Dixon survived for more than 50 hours in the rubble but died before rescuers could free him.

His companions were freed, but Rev. Clinton Rabb died of his injuries. Rev. James Gulley survived.

The United Methodist in Eastern North Carolina will name a chapel and meeting room in Garner in Dixon's honor during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The chapel is the largest room on the conference's new headquarters at 700 Waterfield Ridge Place, which the conference will move into this month.

Dixon, a North Carolina native, had been the head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief since 2007. He was educated at the University of North Carolina and the Chicago Theological Seminary.

He was survived by a wife, four children, two grandchildren, his mother and three sisters.