Dr. Paul Dixon, former president and current chancellor of Cedarville University

Cedarville Stories Podcast: Christ Is All He Needs

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by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

Dr. Paul Dixon with Paul Dixon bobblehead in foregroundAnyone who knows Dr. Paul Dixon will quickly affirm that Christ is all he needs. Through decades of leadership at Cedarville to his retirement years, where he continues to impact the lives of many, his love for the Lord has been constant.

Dr. Dixon first came to campus as a frequent speaker in chapel. Then in 1978, that relationship changed in a very significant way, as he was called to serve as president.

Dr. Dixon is quick to acknowledge that before serving as Cedarville’s president, he had not really served in leadership roles, other than in his personal life, his family, and his evangelistic ministry. But the Lord blessed his leadership for 25 years as president and now 18 years as chancellor.

The song, Christ Is All I Need, is closely linked to Dr. Dixon and his time at Cedarville. Its lyrics continue to echo his continual dependence on the Lord. His wife, Pat, and he harmonized to this signature song at the close of the podcast.  

“We took as our verse when we started dating Psalm 37:23, ‘The steps of a good man are ordered by God: and He delighteth in his way,’” Dr. Dixon shares earlier in the show. “And (Pat) had that engraved on my wedding band. It’s been that way all these years. He’s ordered our steps; it’s the sovereignty of God.”

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In 2018, the University celebrated Dr. Dixon’s 40th anniversary of servant-leadership at Cedarville.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation, and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit cedarville.edu.