ARLINGTON Hundreds gathered Wednesday morning to mourn and celebrate the life of Pastor Clint Dobson
The young leader of NorthPointe Baptist Church was murdered last week inside the church and his assistant was critically beaten.
Pastor Dobson was memorialized at First Baptist Church in Arlington, where a standing room only crowd gathered. This was also the church where Pastor Dobson got his start in ministry.
The service was sad, but sprinkled with encouraging and uplifting words.
Mourners were told of Dobson's happiness in his final years of life; stories about his early years; and his years in seminary. He was a fraternity chaplain, mentored a teenage autistic boy and named outstanding preacher in seminary who was driven to serve disadvantaged people.
His best friend, Daniel Goodman, told the crowd about a different side of the pastor.
Clint was the all-American kid. He won American Legion award in 5th grade, made every all-star team, a high school football star, a strong student and a really well liked guy, Goodman said. Despite being one of the most popular kids in our class of 800 students, Clint was humble and gracious as anyone I ve ever known. Over the next 20 years, nothing changed. Clint was a leader in his college frat and devoted in his studies. He identified, courted, and married a fantastic wife who he was in love since the day they met.
Pastor Dennis Wiles told the congregation to go out and do what Clint Dobson would want them to do -- to live with joy and to serve.
Arlington police provided a full escort for Dobson's funeral procession. He had been a community minister for the Arlington Police Department.