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Dr. Greg Dixon, for 41 years was pastor of the 8,000 member Indianapolis Baptist Temple. He has made headlines once again with a new hard hitting book entitled, The Trail of Blood Revisited. Dr. Dixon was carried out of his church by federal marshals on Feb. 13, 2001 after a 93 day siege, in a peaceful protest against a court order, because the church did not pay alleged federal withholding and FICA taxes which the church claims violated their faith. A graduate of Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO in 1953, Dr. Dixon served as 2nd V.P. of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International and was the National Secretary of the Moral Majority founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell. He was also one of the first preachers in the nation to conduct a T.V. program and later expanded it to all fifty states and world wide cable networks. Dr. Dixon is the Editor of The Trumpet Newsletter, the voice of The Unregistered Baptist Fellowship, which he founded along with other like minded pastors. He has served as the National Director of the Biblical Law Center, which aides churches in claiming their 1st Amendment rights, since 2004. He has been a guest on numerous nation wide TV and radio shows including the Today Show, The Jerry Springer Show and The Sally Jessie Rafael Show. He has been a guest columnist for U.S.A Today on several occasions. He is now a regular columnist for Freedom’s Phoenix an online conservative daily publication.
His ministry took a dramatic turn in 1982 when he stood with the Faith Baptist Church in Louisville, Nebraska, when the State tried to shut down the educational ministry of twenty children and jailed the Pastor for 297 days. These events caused Dr Dixon to say, “The churches of America have prostituted themselves for benefits and privileges through tax-exemption instead of their God given rights of being non-taxable.”
In 1983 Dr. Dixon led his congregation to reject their not-for-profit corporate status and tax deductible gifts and as Dr. Dixon stated, “began operating under God rather than government.” A terrible price was paid by the congregation for that decision when the church facilities and 22 acres of land were sold, after a 93 day siege and raid by 100 federal marshals on February 13, 2001, to the Christel House Foundation of Indianapolis. They bulldozed the church facilities and established a Charter School in the same school buildings that saw as many as 700 enrolled in the Temple’s 31 year old church school.
The Trail of Blood Revisited is a continuation of J.M. Carroll’s 125 year old booklet The Trail of Bloodthat has seen more than 2 ½ million sold. Dr Dixon has described his book, “As a warning to the pastors and churches of America”, after spending 25 years studying how the government plans through the IRS to control every church in America including the content of the sermons that are preached.
Dr. Dixon has received five honorary doctorates including his alma mater and Bob Jones University of Greenville, S.C. He resigned from the active pastorate of the Baptist Temple in 1996 when his son Rev. Greg A. Dixon continued on as Senior Pastor after serving for many years as CO-Pastor. Dr. Dixon, who is Pastor Emeritus, reenergized, spends his time traveling in the work of the Law Center and writing.
He and his wife Wanda divide their time between Indianapolis and Rockledge, Florida. They also have two daughters, both married, and nine grandchildren.