Forty-Five Years!

Today is the 45th Anniversary of my ordination; when a 24 yr old inexperienced seminary grad was set aside for the gospel ministry by the laying on of hands by faithful men. 

Gloria and I were married 2 weeks later and then started as the Associate Pastor of the Bethlehem Community Church- 2 weeks later. I had the privilege of working under Pastor Art Gay and being mentored in ministry by this faithful man.   

Yesterday, I also had the special privilege of being a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of Bethlehem Community Church, Delmar, NY and saw some very special friends. 

My life-ministry verse is and has been 1 Thess 5:20, “Faithful is he who has called you who will also do it.” Praise God for his faithfulness and I thank him for a faithful life-time partner in ministry, my wife Gloria. 

Please pray that we would continue to be faithful to our faithful God until he calls us home. 

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cathie Godoy on June 13, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    We’re thankful with you for the way God put all the details together for the ministry he prepared for you. Eric and I have been blessed by your willingness to be used by God…thank you for always pointing the way to know Jesus better.

    On Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 11:36 AM, Just A Thought wrote:

    > David McDowell posted: “Today is the 45th Anniversary of my ordination; > when a 24 yr old inexperienced seminary grad was set aside for the gospel > ministry by the laying on of hands by faithful men. Gloria and I were > married 2 weeks later and then started as the Associate ” >

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  2. Dave, I thank the Lord for both you and Gloria and your faithful years of ministry. Only the Lord knows all that you have done and experienced, both the good and the bad, during your years of service. May He be your rewarder.

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  3. Posted by Rich Winnick on June 13, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Congratulations, Dave. Your ministry has been a blessing to many others.

    Rich

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  4. Posted by Linda Powers on June 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Love this posting.

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  5. 45 years! Congrats Dave. I was blessed to have been sitting under your ministry for many of those. Thank you. Bob Shotwell

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  6. We were there, and remember Dr Mckeel ordained you that day.
    We were so happy and proud, and so blessed
    Joyce and Terry

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