The Reverend Dr. Dwight Bernard Cannon was born to Charlie and the late Yvonne Cannon in Snow Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Cannon contributes his spiritual and religious development to his parents, grandparents and members of the Salisbury A. M. E. Zion Church in Faro, North Carolina.
At the tender age of 14, Dr. Cannon preached his first sermon after accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at 12 years old.
Dr. Cannon has served the people of the Lord in the A.M. E. Zion vineyard supplying Miller’s Chapel in Elroy; pastored St. Thomas in Bowden; St. Joseph in Fremont; St. Paul in Dudley; St. James in Snow Hill; New Elder in Kenansville; Slade’s Chapel in Morganton; Unity in Gastonia; all in North Carolina and the Brown Community Church in East St. Louis, Illinois. In 1997, Dr. Cannon was appointed Resident Missionary, Presiding Elder and Pastor in South Africa, Spottswood A. M. E. Zion Church in the Republic of South Africa until 2004. Upon his return to the States he supplied St. Mark in Whitesville, NC; pastored St. James in Goldsboro, NC and Wesley in Burlington, NJ.
As a graduate of Greene Central High School in Snow Hill, NC, Dr. Cannon continued his education at Livingstone College, majoring in Psychology; Brookstone College in Charlotte; received an Associate of Arts Degree from Metropolitan College in East St. Louis and graduated with honors from the University of South Africa Pretoria, South Africa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious & Biblical Studies. He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Livingstone College for Exemplary Service and Outstanding work in the Motherland of Africa for the A. M. E. Zion Church. In 2012, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury with a Master of Divinity Degree.
Dr. Cannon has served as an accountant and Assistant to the Editor and Writer of the Department of Church School Literature. In 2012, he served as the late Bishop James E. McCoy’s Emissary to India and the Administrative Assistant to Bishop Roy A. Holmes and Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr. for the Mission Work of India. Dr. D.B. Cannon was elected in 2016 as Executive Director of the Department of Global Missions and Editor-in-Chief for The Missionary Seer.
Dr. Cannon is married to the lovely Belinda Cannon and to their union they are blessed with two children Habekah and Dwight Bernard Cannon, II.