Beginning in 1982, Son Servants was an outgrowth of the Fun in the Son Youth Conference. In the early years, there was only one trip each summer, and the original location was in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico near Merida, where we continue to serve today.
The one trip per summer was in place until 1991 when Danny Dotson became the Director of Son Servants. Since then, in addition to high school trips, Son Servants has added middle school trips, combo trips, and custom trips and has worked in 9 international locations and more than 30 locations within the United States, always partnering with local organizations to serve those in need.
A New Era
In 2021, Son Servants separated from the parent organization (YCM) and is now a stand-alone mission ministry that continues to provide short-term mission opportunities in multiple locations. Under the ongoing direction of Danny Dotson, the organization has established a new office location, registered as a ministry in the State of TN, and has applied to be an official nonprofit, 501c3 organization with the IRS. While that lengthy process is taking place, Son Servants is under the umbrella of The Generosity Trust’s Alpha Fund, where we can receive tax-deductible donations.
Danny Dotson’s love of missions began in 1984 on a mission trip to Uganda. Since then, serving through missions has been a primary focus for him. Becoming the Director of Son Servants in 1991 was a dream come true, and he continues to serve as Director of Son Servants. Prior to that time, Danny was a youth leader volunteer and later a youth ministry director in two churches.
“I believe that God blessed me with a servant’s heart, and I am eternally grateful for that.”
Serving others and providing opportunities for others to serve and experience God’s love through that service is his love language. Danny has been married to Beth for 51 years, and they have two children, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. In addition, they have dozens of unofficial children and extended family relationships that they have been blessed with over the years as a result of their ministry.
Danny is assisted in the ministry by Amanda Viall, who brings experience from working at YCM as well as many skills and a true love of the ministry to her role. Another huge part of Son Servants is the Planning Team and the host of volunteers who help implement the trips.