The Reverend Doctor Dedric A. Cowser is an Elder in Full Connection in the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church and serves as the Senior Pastor of New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Pastor Cowser was appointed to New Beginnings on June 22, 2016, after serving as Senior Pastor of Sweet Home United Methodist Church in Gadsden, Alabama.
Pastor Cowser is a native of Centre, Alabama. He attended Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. After completing his undergraduate studies, he attended the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, as a Hardin Scholar, and earned a Masters of Divinity degree with a concentration in “Traditions of the Church.” Pastor Cowser earned a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus in “Church Leadership & Community Witness” also from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
In addition to serving at New Beginnings, Pastor Cowser has served in the following capacities: North Alabama Conference Secretary, Convener for the North Alabama Conference Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC-21), North Alabama Conference Ethnic Ministries Team, North Alabama Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Central District Committee on Superintendency, Central District Committee on Ministry, Pastoral Advisory Board for Birmingham-Southern College, Alumni Board for Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Clergy Advisory Board for the United Methodist Children’s Home of Alabama and Northwest Florida, Assistant Secretary for Delegate Relations for the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, and Treasurer for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (SEJ BMCR).
Pastor Cowser is often a featured preacher and musician for revivals, workshops, and conferences across the connection. All in all, he is a young man who has a great passion for reaching people for Jesus Christ.