Pastor Clifton and First Lady Deborah McDowellRev. Clifton McDowell is the senior Pastor of The Church of God Of East New York, a thriving congregation located in the heart of Brooklyn N.Y. where he has served since 1981. In addition to serving the congregation through his Pastoral Ministry, he served as the Chairperson of the Credential committee of the Eastern New York Ministerial Assembly.


On a National level, as of January 2013 Pastor McDowell stepped down from his position as Chairperson of the Leadership Development board and into the postion of Vice Presiding Elder of the National Association of the Church of God; officially installed in August 2013. Pastor McDowell also serves as a member of the Ministries Council of the Church of God, Anderson Indiana.


In 2004 after 23 years as a bi-vocational Pastor, Rev. McDowell retired from being a Finance Division Manager and Vice President with the investment banking institution of Solomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) where he was employed for 24 years.


Rev. McDowell has a BA degree in Organization Management with an emphasis in Economics and Accounting from Nyack College and a Masters Degree in Urban Ministry from The Alliance Theological Seminary. He is a noted speaker and teacher and has ministered as far as England, East Africa and Grand Cayman as well as throughout the United States.


He has had many great mentors, both male and female, over the years that have helped him to develop into the person he is today, a Godly man deeply committed to Jesus Christ, his family and servant leadership. He strives to be a role model for leaders, inspiring them to be persons of integrity who reach for excellence in whatever they do.


He and his wife, First Lady Deborah, have been happily married since June 1980 and share a heart for equipping couples and families to fulfill God's purposes.






Lady Deborah McDowell is the first lady of the Church of God of East New York located in Brooklyn, NY where she has served with her husband Pastor Clifton McDowell Sr. since 1981 and has been happily married since June 1980. Lady D, as she is affectionately called has served in various capacities since 1981. Originally she was trained, pinned and caped for a career in the field of nursing, but chose to pursue and obtain her college degree in Early Childhood Education. She has also received a degree in Biblical Counseling. Her choices have had a tremendous impact in building, sustaining and encouraging the children’s ministry at her local church since its inception. Over the years she has inspired and trained many teachers to be spiritually skilled and gifted leaders by being imaginative, wise, resourceful, tender, competent, nurturing, and innovative as they touch the future through the lives of today’s children.


Her anointed leadership among the women, young and old, has been filled with creativity, as she declares to sisters that they are Women of Faith, Driven by a Divine Purpose and Plan. Lady D has provided leadership to the congregation by leading the Women’s ministry, Life Care Small groups, Children Ministry, providing counseling, as well as teaching and leading couples to deepen their marital covenants using the blueprint established in scripture for marriage and the family. She has had many great mentors that have poured into her life over the years helping her to become the loving Women of God she is today. A woman who loves God, her family and ministry, Lady D strives to be a role model of the believer who brings to others the fresh aroma of Christ. 2 Cor 2:15 “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing”.



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