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Slain Pastor Remembered During Service

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A regular Sunday worship service was anything but after a young pastor was murdered.

In fact, two Texas congregations are in mourning after 28-year-old Clint Dobson was brutally killed and his church assistant was left for dead. It happened Thursday inside an Arlington church, but the young pastor grew up in and even worked in a Houston-area church.

The Sunday service at University Baptist Church in Clear Lake was in remembrance of the 28-year old pastor.

"It's a deep loss for our congregation. Clint's parents are still here, so we feel the weight of the loss with them and his whole family," says Pastor Rick Carpenter of University Baptist.

Dobson was attacked Thursday afternoon at the church he had served as pastor at for 3 years, NorthPointe Baptist in Arlington, in an apparent robbery. He was found dead inside.

Church assistant Judy Elliott, who is in her 60s, was severely beaten but she survived. She is now in a hospital in and out of consciousness.

Attacks miles away that are causing unbelievable pain here in the Houston area.

"I worked with Clint. He was an amazing person," said one church member from the stage at University Baptist.

Just four blocks from the Arlington church, police on Saturday arrested who they say is Dobson's killer: 24-year old Steven Lawayne Nelson. The convicted felon was taken down at a townhouse where he lives with his mother.

Nelson faces a capital murder charge. His criminal record includes felony theft, burglary and a recent assault.

Dobson received his calling to the ministry while in college.

"He came in and talked to me about it as a matter of fact. He had been ministering to his fraternity brothers at Baylor. He became a really fine preacher. He loved people, loved kids," says Pastor Carpenter.

During the Sunday service, video was played of Pastor Dobson when he was an intern at his Clear Lake church. It was at a time when Dobson, a few summers ago as part of his youth ministry, actually lived at a Pasadena apartment complex to hold Vacation Bible School and other activities for the kids.

There was also a video played during Sunday service of the young pastor delivering a sermon at the church where he was raised. These are his words.

"When you feel like we should just promote ourselves, resist that. Live for something bigger. Find your strength in God. There's always life to be found. There's also grace to have hope in. You can always believe that God is working," said Dobson in the video.

Pastor Clint Dobson leaves behind his wife Laura, his mother and father, and his sister.

One more thing Dobson said in that sermon, "If you live the way you are supposed to your whole life will be a testimony to God." His loved ones say the 28-year old man's life truly was dedicated to God.

 

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