At the 2010 Eastern North Carolina Summer Institute in Greenville, N.C., Bishop Richard Keith Thompson appointed Rev. Dr. Orlando Dowdy as pastoral leader of Holland Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.
Previously, Dr. Dowdy was the Pastor of the New Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church, Fayetteville, N.C., where he served as the pastoral leader for nine years. Upon being appointed the pastor of New Bethel, Dr. Dowdy was honored as being one of the very few clergy in the history of Fayetteville to receive the key to the city.
Professionally he has served as adjunct professor at the Mount Olive College for four years where he taught undergraduates the Old and New Testaments and Ethics. He was an instructor for the Fayetteville District Course of Study. Dr. Dowdy is a Conference Examiner for the Central North Carolina Annual Conference and an Instructor for the Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District of the AME Zion Church. He also teaches at the Denominational or National / International Levels.
Dr. Dowdy is a clinically trained and practicing psychotherapist and pastoral counselor at Alamance Regional Medical Center, Triangle Pastoral Counseling and, also, within the church.
Educationally Dr. Dowdy studied at East Carolina University, North Carolina A & T State University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Shaw University, a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Psychotherapy / Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation, at South Bend, Indiana (also Oxford, England and Rome, Italy).
While in seminary Dr. Dowdy was selected as one of the few rising leaders among seminarians at Duke to join other seminarians and lay persons from various seminaries and locations around the country to go on a three week Middle Eastern Travel Seminar in six countries.
Dr. Dowdy Is married to Sis Marie Dowdy. They have three children: Jamie, Rachin (Donnie) and Jamal (Jasmine) and three grandchildren: Nakiyah, Maria and Aaliyha.