Benjamin Wyman Dowling, III, was born on June 19, 1963, in Hagerstown, Maryland.  He graduated from Montreat-Anderson College in 1983 with an A. S. degree, and afterwards matriculated to Wheaton College in Illinois where he received his bachelor of arts degree in 1985.  He was awarded a diploma of Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi in 1998.
    Mr. Dowling was married to Miss Ethel Ogden Burwell on October 30, 1993.  They are the parents of two children.
    Mr. Dowling was licensed and ordained by the Tennessee-Alabama Presbytery during a meeting at Fayetteville, Tennessee on June 29, 1998.  He assumed his duties as pastor on July 5, 1998 and was later installed as pastor of Bethel, Camden, and Prosperity Associate Reformed Presbyterian Churches during a special Sunday afternoon service at Bethel. During his pastorate Bethel began having fourth Sunday services again. He resigned his Alabama pastorates effective March 31, 2001 to become the pastor of the Pressly Memorial Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Statesville, North Carolina.

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