Dixon was completed in 1990 as part of an expansion project to accommodate the growing student population following Dr. John MacArthur’s arrival as President of the school in 1985. The hall is named after Frank R. Dixon, a generous donor to the college who funded its construction.

What is Dixon Hall like?

Dixon is a two-story building. Between the wings are two lounges, one on each floor. The Resident Director apartment is located on the second story.

The dorm is divided into four wings, two per floor of 10-12 rooms with a large central shower and restroom area on each floor. Laundry facilities are on the first floor. Each room is fully furnished for two students including beds, built-in shelving, drawers, closet space, desks, and an individual heater/air-conditioner unit. The wings are generally referred to as “Upper-East,” “Upper-West,” “Lower-East,” and “Lower-West.”

Dixon’s brother dorm is Waldock Hall.

Three words to describe Dixon:

Creative. Joyful. Tightly-knit.

Dorm Traditions:

Movie Night: this event happens every other week in the lower lounge. Dixon uses it as a chance to allow girls to relax and enjoy a cozy movie! Every movie night has a theme. Some of this year’s themes have included “bring a snack to share,” “bring a friend from a different dorm,” and “sing-along movies.” Dixon Coffeehouse: an event held in the fall and spring. It’s true that there’s usually no coffee, but they make up for it with a fun atmosphere. The girls get to show some of their talents in a variety show that has featured violin playing, singing, and poetry reading.

Pumpkin Carving: an old tradition with their brother dorm, Waldock. Students have one hour to carve a pumpkin to the best of their ability. When time is up, tea lights are lit inside. As the RDs vote, they blow out the candles one by one. The last pumpkin with a lit candle is the winner. Fellowship and pie follow.

Gratitouille: a new tradition for Dixon. Despite the French title, the dorm eats family-style Italian food. Girls love this event as it gives them a chance to experience Thanksgiving a few weeks early with their dorm family. Afterwards, they normally play a Mad Lib game and have opportunities where girls can thank staff and faculty around the campus for all their hard work.

Christmas Caroling: a long-standing tradition of Dixon’s where they go Christmas caroling with Waldock. They sing to the on-campus family and then travel to the neighborhood to help others get into the Christmas spirit. This year, they will be ending the night with hot chocolate and a visit to Candy Cane Lane, a popular neighborhood that decorates their whole cul-de-sac with Christmas lights.

Abigail Tarr

Resident Director

Abbey Tarr is originally from South Florida. She graduated from Liberty University in 2016 with a B.S. degree in Music and Worship. She hopes to one day take part in the music ministry of a church. Her husband, Dan, is in his third year at The Master’s Seminary so she also has hopes of one day being a Pastor’s wife. Abbey is excited to be a resident director this year as she has a love for discipleship and wants to continue to grow in the knowledge of Scripture and relationship.

B.A. Music and Worship, Liberty University. Joined TMU in 2017

Favorite Verse: Hebrews 4:14-16

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throng of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Favorite Things:

Abbey loves the outdoors—no matter what that entails. She loves to play volleyball at the beach, go for long walks, recreational sports, or eating ice cream while watching the sunset. She also loves to sing and to worship God through music. She loves spending time with family, especially her husband. Their favorite hobby to do together is to play soccer as it reminds them of how they met.

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