Saying goodbyePublished 1:24pm Friday, June 7, 2013
After six years ministering in the Alexander City area, the Dowdys are moving to new churches in the greater Birmingham area.
Dee Dowdy of Flint Hill United Methodist Church and Bridget Dowdy of Trinity United Methodist Church and Kellyton United Methodist Church have received the call to move on. Dee will begin his tenure at Leeds FUMC, and Bridget will go to Pleasant Grove Methodist Church.
Dee said while he is excited about new opportunities, it will be difficult to leave.
“So far, this has been the best church I’ve ever served,” Dee said. “It’s the most loving. They don’t have any squabbles or anything like that. It’s just a great church.”
Flint Hill has grown in terms of outreach, Dee said, since his arrival.
“We’ve developed a whole new outreach program,” Dee said. “We’ve just done a lot of things to use technology as an outreach tool.”
In addition to employing technology – like creating a commercial and using social media – Flint Hill has also bolstered its outreach through initiatives like offering a tutoring program for children and giving out hotdogs at the Tallapoosa Christian Crisis Center.
Outreach has also been a focus at Trinity.
“The vision was to show hospitality to the community,” Bridget said. “That has been a step that has not only impacted the community but transformed the people within the church.”
Bridget said the church has increased outreach through a number of measures, including a playground and a “Fun ‘n the Sun” event as well as a community Thanksgiving dinner.
“For me, one of the biggest things (to celebrate) is having been given a vision and being able to see that vision be fulfilled,” Bridget said. “So often you may start things in a church and you don’t really get to see that come to fruition.”
Dee has been ministering for 18 years and Bridget for 26. They said a lot of their growth in ministry has occurred during their time in Alexander City.
“It’s been home,” Bridget said.
John Hill will take over at Flint Hill UMC while Gene Lankford will assume the position at Trinity UMC.