Bill Hodgeman: A man of integrity

Published: 7/28/2021 9:47:45 AM

On Sunday, July 18, Dave McDowell breathed his last breath. He died in his home, surrounded by his wife and three of his children, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dave McDowell was a gifted athlete, a great leader and one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met. He served as the Senior Pastor of College Church in Northampton from 1980-2005. Under his leadership, College Church established the city’s first cot shelter as well as a free Medical Clinic. He raised up a generation of Christ-followers who were passionate about serving their communities and loving their neighbors.

In our time and place, Christians are often known for being hypocritical, judgmental and obsessed with political power. The Christian leaders who make headlines often do so as a result of scandals, corruption and abuses of power.

By contrast, Dave McDowell was a man of integrity; a giant in stature, but gracious and gentle in spirit. He understood that following Jesus meant surrendering power and becoming a servant to all. He was a collaborative leader and a natural bridge builder who delighted in all kinds of people — including many who believed and lived differently than he did.

Since I moved to Northampton in 2015, I have been blessed by Dave’s friendship, encouragement and support. I am humbled by the opportunity to steward and extend his legacy — I hope, with even a fraction of his wisdom, humility and love.

Bill Hodgeman

Senior Pastor College Church, Northampton




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