During the early years, the association shared a missionary with other southeastern Florida associations. Since 1953, with the arrival of Al Dawson, the association has had its own ministry leader (though Dawson worked with the then Palm Lake Association for a number of years). Dawson was one of the most significant figures in the history of Gulf Stream Association for two primary reasons. First, he served Gulf Stream for longer than any other associational executive. 26 years. Second? Tanna. Al's wife. She continued to minister in Gulf Stream as a member of First Baptist, Ft. Lauderdale in many positions (State Board of Missions, Board of Trustees, WMU Director) even after Al went home to Christ.