If there is a word to describe Dr Naomi Dowdy, it is that she is a pioneer. She started as a missionary in the Marshall Islands (think Robinson Crusoe), and became the first woman senior pastor of a Singapore church, back when women pastors (of any kind) were unheard of. She has founded several organisations of global impact, and she is still pioneering today.
Inspiring a Generation of World-changers
Dr Naomi Dowdy is a pioneer. More than forty years ago, she made the shift from being a business woman in California to become a young missionary to the Marshall Islands. Moving from island to island to preach the gospel, she battled loneliness and culture shock, while breaking open coconuts for food and drink. During that time, she built churches, a Bible School and dormitories. Her responsibilities were as wide and varied as the islands of Micronesia across which she traveled to nurture church plants.
En route to her next assignment, she stopped over in Singapore, where she was approached to pastor a church with, as she puts it, 42 members and 75 problems. She heard the audible voice of God to take on the assignment, to move from the role of an evangelist to that of a pastor. After arguing with God (and losing that argument), she became the interim pastor.
The ‘interim’ period turned out to be almost 30 years. By the time she turned the church over to her spiritual sons and daughters, Trinity Christian Centre in Singapore had grown into a church of global impact, with more than 4000 in attendance, a global missions program and three freehold properties in the land-scarce city state. The church continues to thrive under her sucessor Rev Dominic Yeo, and has since grown to more than 5,500 in attendance.
Today, Dr Dowdy is helping a new generation of leaders fulfill God’s calling upon their lives. She mentors church leaders, business leaders, and men and women in strategic leadership positions. Her apostolic vision has an immense impact on all who hear her speak or read her books. She is inspiring and raising a new generation of world-changers.
I can change, I must change, I will change!
This is the rallying call of Dr Naomi Dowdy as she speaks, trains and inspires church and business leaders from America to Asia. She works tirelessly with pastors on church effectiveness issues, with denominational councils on constitutional and governance issues, and with business people, encouraging them to using their enterprise as a force for good in the world.
Moving On and Moving Up
If there is one theme that constantly echoes through Dr Naomi Dowdy’s teaching, it is that God is constantly shifting His people from one level to the next, always advancing them from one divine assignment to another. She exemplifies this by never standing still but relentlessly pressing forward and advancing into God’s next level for her life.