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.