When Ed McDowell landed in Columbia after retiring, he immediately got involved in his community, which at the time was slowly transitioning from a community of vacant and abandoned homes, drugs and other criminal activity to a very diverse community of families, singles, homeowners and renters. This grass roots activist currently continues in the Historic Waverly community located in District II.
A tireless servant of the church and the community, McDowell served as president of the Historic Waverly Neighborhood Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Benedict Allen Community Development Corporation and was a previous Board of Trustee member at Columbia College and president of Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Columbia. His diverse experience also led to his appointment to the Racial and Reconciliation Committee and the SC Conference Council on Finance and Administration.
Serving as president of the Historic Waverly Neighborhood Association, McDowell saw firsthand the importance of strong district representation. He understands the critical role neighborhood leaders play in our community and the support they need from their district representatives.
Councilman Ed McDowell will be a champion for building neighborhoods, safe streets, economic development, substantial jobs and providing constituent service. He is a listener, a community advocate and friend.
McDowell was born in Greenville, SC raised in Sumter, SC and received his Bachelors and Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degrees from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC and was awarded a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta Georgia. A versatile and prominent theologian in the United Methodist Church, Rev. McDowell has pastored churches in Charleston, Columbia, Greer, Spartanburg and as District Superintendent of both the Anderson and Hartsville Districts, oversaw some 200 churches and appointed and counseled over 70 ministers.
For 14 years, Rev. McDowell was pastor at Francis Burns United Methodist Church in Columbia, lead the congregation at Trenholm Road UMC and is currently Associate Pastor of Congregational Care at Mt. Horeb UMC in Lexington, SC. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Councilman Ed McDowell and his wife Jeannie resides in the Historic Waverly Community and have 3 children; Edward III (Andrea), Timothy (Tracy), Erin (Bruce) and 7 grandchildren. No stranger to the ministry, McDowell’s parents are the retired Rev. and Mrs. Edward McDowell and his brother is Rev. Julius L McDowell.
McDowell was first elected to City Council in 2016.
Term: 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2019
P.O. Box 147
Columbia, SC 29217
Administrative Policy Committee Chair
Arts & Historic Preservation Committee Member
Public Safety Committee Member