Rev. Dr. W. Louis McDowell is a longtime servant of God beginning his Christian training as a child at the Salem Salome Baptist Church in Hawkinsville, Georgia. As a child he was reared in Hawkinsville with his parents and two sisters. He wedded the late Sister Sanella Burnham McDowell and they have through the years raised a family of two beautiful children, Arndra Lisa (Deaconess) and Pamela Deniece (Reverend). Their extended family includes three grandchildren, Tamarra, Theodore, Jr. and Nala.


Pastor McDowell began to sing very early in his childhood and thereby constituted his early foundation into the church realm. At that time his favorite song was “You Can’t Hurry God, You Just Have to Wait.”


After experiencing Christ in the power of the Holy Ghost, he was called to the ministry. He expresses his dedication to God through sermons, testimonies and songs throughout the state of New Jersey and wherever he is called. The Lord put upon Rev. McDowell’s heart a song entitled “If the Lord Needs Somebody, Lord Send Me, I’ll Go” which became his personal testimony.


Rev. McDowell organized the Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church on February 10, 1984 with 14 people. Through God’s divine inspiration and his visions, marvelous accomplishments have been made within these 34 years namely organizing the Mt. Pilgrim Recreation and Learning Center. It is there that various outreach ministries and programs are held for the benefit of the church and community. Establishments of Feeding the Homeless, Tutoring and Mentoring and Drug Referral Programs are among his many achievements. The Mt. Pilgrim Tiny Tot Day Care Center Inc. is his pride and joy.


Rev. McDowell is very active in the local community, nationally and internally. Rev. McDowell serves as President  of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Passaic and Vicinity. He also serves on the board of the Upper Monroe Street Improvement Corporation and holds membership in the North Jersey District Missionary Baptist Association, National Baptist Convention, USA, National Baptist Convention Congress of Christian Education, Hampton Minister’s Conference and General Baptist Convention of New Jersey.


Rev. McDowell has received numerous commendations throughout his pastoral career. In November, 1999 Pastor McDowell received his Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Evangel Christian University, Monroe, Louisiana and is presently furthering his education at the New York Divinity School. Rev. McDowell has completed three years of studying abroad in Guyana, South America, Jamaica, West Indies and Zimbabwe, Africa with the Lott Carey Pastoral Excellence Program (PEP). 


Rev. W. Louis McDowell is a special man with countless gifts and has touched the lives of many. Pastor McDowell expresses "I have many goals in mind and by staying focused on Jesus Christ they will be fulfilled."