At the time Voices from Templed Hills
was published, Dodrill was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of West Union, West Virginia. Articles published in the
June 7, 1941
and May 2, 1953
editions of The Indianapolis Star
indicate that he left West Union in 1929 to become pastor of Indianapolis' Broadway Baptist Church (now
Faithway Baptist Church
). In 1941, he was given the position of “lifetime pastor” of the church.