About Our Church

The Church of the Living God was founded in Wrightsville, Arkansas in 1889 and is the oldest non-denominational church in the United States that now has churches all over the world. Church of the Living God 208 in Highland, California serves San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Bishop Ernest Dowdy

Bishop Dr. Dowdy

Our Leadership

Bishop Dr. Ernest B. Dowdy is a Prelate for District Five. In addition, Bishop Dowdy is the Senior Pastor for the COTLG Temple 208 in Highland, California. He has provided leadership to the congregation for 25 years.

As the former Executive Director of the San Bernardino Employment and Training Agency, Bishop Dowdy served the Inland Empire community for over 35 years.

His work allowed him to use his talent in organizational leadership and heart of service to assist countless youth and adults with workforce development services that put them on the path to self-sufficiency. Lastly, Bishop Dowdy served 14 years as a United States Naval/Marine Chaplain. He is currently the Financial Chair for COTLG District 11, Secretary/Board Director 1st Valley Credit Union, and Instructor and Vice President of E.S. University. Bishop Dowdy holds M.DIV, ThD, D.PA degrees

Bishop Ernest Dowdy

Evangelist Dr. Gwen Dowdy-Rodgers

Bishop Ernest Dowdy

Elder Billy Dowdy

Bishop Ernest Dowdy

Deacon Dennis Dowdy

Bishop Ernest Dowdy

Deacon Cornelius Beverly

Bishop Ernest Dowdy

Choir Ministry Gloria Dowdy

Bishop Ernest Dowdy

Media President Devalle Henry

11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. Job 36:11 (KJV)

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission is to help connect people to faith

Established in 1889, for over 130 years we have labored to enrich the lives of others spiritually through the preaching and teaching of God’s word;
social-economically through our advocacy for equality and justice; educationally through academic scholarships, health and wellness teachings and ministerial training; and physically through various outreach efforts providing basic essentials to those in need.  With the help of God and our many dedicated congregations we are transforming this nation by expanding the love of God here on earth.

Brotherhood History

At Caine Creek, under a brush arbor near Wrightville, Arkansas in April 1889, a minister named Rev. William Christian having been pastor of a Baptist church in Ft. Smith, began preaching the doctrine of Jesus Christ as laid down in the Bible. His difference of opinion with Dr. Howe, another Baptist minister, caused him to leave the Baptist church. He intended to begin a work known as Christian’s Friendship Work but through divine revelation and close study of the scriptures lead him to the truth that the church is known as Church Of The Living God. The first members were Elder K. C. Adams who became the first National Secretary, Rev. Josh Adams, Rev. Russell Stowe, Wm. Pierce and Tim Jones, a land owner in Wrightsville. Mr. Shackelford, a lawyer in Little Rock, incorporated the church in the state of Arkansas. Rev. John Christian, the brother of Rev. Wm. Christian, was with him in the early work. In 1895 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a difference of opinion arose that caused them to separate. Both maintained the name of the Church Of The Living God, one using Motto C.W.F.F. and the other the pillar and ground of the truth following the name. Only by the use of the motto’ (C.W.F.F.) in parenthesis is the temple identified as a part of the Brotherhood.
There have been numerous secessions, but the Church Of The Living God Brotherhood organized by Rev. Christian still is the parent body. The organization itself is non-denominational and non-sectarian. It emphasizes believers’ baptism by immersion, the use of water and unleavened bread element in the Lord’s Supper and the washing of saint’s feet which is required only when one unites with the church. The local organizations are known as “Temple” rather than as “Churches” and are subject to the authority of the general assembly. The presiding officer is designated as “chief bishop.” The ministry includes bishops, overseers, evangelists, pastors, missionaries and local preachers, The Executive Board is in charge of the operation of the entire organization, at, the absence of the Annual Assembly. Synod. Annual, General Assembly meets quadrennial.

Articles of Faith

  • We believe in one true and living God; Creator of heaven and earth and the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  • We believe there are three persons in the God Head: Namely: The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of Mankind.
  • We believe Jesus died, was buried, arose and ascended to Heaven.
  • We believe Jesus to be the door to eternal life and we are to enter into the City through and by Jesus Christ.
  • We believe, if any attempt is made to enter the fold of God without following Christ’s instructions we make a complete failure and cometh before the Mighty One as a thief and robber.
  • We believe there are three sacraments ordained of Christ in the New Covenant, namely: Baptism, Lord’ Supper and washing of feet.
  • We believe in the fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man.
  • We believe all are one in Christ who does His will.
  • We believe that we should do unto all men, as we would have them do unto us.
  • We believe that all men are born free and equal.
  • We believe the Holy Bible is the Book, which points out the way of eternal life through obedience
  • We believe to be saved, we must live by every word (pertaining to salvation) that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
  • We believe the bible from Genesis to Malachi to be a Jewish guide foreshadowing the coming of Christ.
  • We believe the gospel recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John contains the plan of salvation.
  • We further believe the book of Acts may be used as by-laws: in part in as history of the apostolic work.
  • We believe the Book of Revelation was sent from God, signified by an angel unto John for inspiration and encouragement of the Disciples of Christ.
  • We believe the Scriptures is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect thoroughly furnished in all good work.