First Missionary Baptist Church
200 Avenue R, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
863-294-6553

Rev. C.E. Dollison,
Pastor/Teacher
Sunday Church School
8:30 a.m.

Sunday Worship Service
10:00 a.m.

Wednesday Prayer-Praise-Study
12 noon & 6:30 p.m.

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"A Charge to Keep - A World to Reach"
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About the Pastor
Rev. Clifton E. Dollison, Pastor/Teacher

Rev. Clifton E. Dollison has served the First Missionary Baptist Church (FMBC) of Winter Haven with distinction and humility since 1992. As the longest serving Pastor in the church’s rich 138-year history, his visionary leadership resulted in the largest building program expansion the church has experienced, creating a beautiful, enlarged sanctuary, additional classrooms, fellowship halls, meeting spaces, and administrative offices.

The FMBC mission: “A Charge to Keep – a World to Reach.”
Pastor Dollison has a passion for community service and a fearless commitment to confront justice issues in Polk County. That dedication finds expression in his roles as past Co-Chair and current Board Member for: the Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment (PEACE) of Polk County, a grassroots social justice organization for positive change; and the Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART), comprised of PEACE and 20 other affiliated nonprofit, congregation-based community organizations, throughout Florida, Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. DART’s mission is to build the power of organized people to do justice.

Pastor Dollison’s commitment to social justice, community engagement, and spiritual leadership is further demonstrated by his past and current service in numerous positions:
  • Chairman, Pastoral Development Conference for the Progressive Missionary & Educational (PM&E) Baptist State Convention of Florida, Inc.
  • Past President/current Vice President, NAACP-Winter Haven Branch
  • Senior Chaplin, Winter Haven Police Department
  • Past President, Interdenominational Ministerial Association of Polk County, Inc.
  • President, Interfaith Ministerial Alliance of Winter Haven
  • Past 2nd Vice Moderator, First South Florida (FSF) Missionary Baptist District Association
  • FSF Congress Number Three — President/past Educational Dean

Pastor Dollison is a native Hoosier from Indiana, graduating from Indiana State University and Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He has shared the past 37 years of his life with his lovely wife, Valerie Bush Dollison, a native of Bartow, Florida and they have three adult children:
  • Trista (Dr. Clarence Manuel, granddaughter Aria)
  • Bradley (Indya, granddaughter Amerie)
  • Austin (Erica, granddaughter Tyler)

This man of God unabashedly gives praise to Jesus Christ for his many accomplishments and he shares his love for the work of ministry…but Pastor Dollison believes that actions speak louder than words.

To God be the Glory!  ​
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