Luke J. Dowdy was ordained as an Elder in the Brethren Church at a special church service at the Berlin Brethren Church, Berlin, PA on Sunday morning August 25th, 2019. Rev. Dowdy is a graduate of Ashland University and received a Master of Divinity degree in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio. He has been the Pastor of Student Ministry and Worship at the Berlin church since 2010.
Eight Brethren Church Elders from across Pennsylvania and Ohio were involved in the service of ordination and the laying on of hands. Rev. Dowdy’s father, Jonathan Dowdy, a retired Elder brought the morning message entitled “The Call to Go Deep.” A highlight of the service was when three generations: father, son, and grandson, were on the platform together as Jonathan Dowdy had his grandson Isaac, pray in Hebrew the “Shema” over his father, Luke Dowdy.
Luke and his wife, Amanda, have given leadership to the “Alive Student Ministry” for the past nine years encouraging students to follow as disciples of Jesus Christ using The Bible Project, one-on-one discipleship time, and Sunday evening small group times. The weekly focus of the ministry includes relational activities like a Thursday morning young men’s study, “Bacon and Bros”; a Friday morning young ladies study, “Women and Waffles,” and 5th Quarter after Berlin High School home football games.