Dr. Oscar J. Nelson Dowdell-Underwood is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Radical Grace and Kingdom Empowerment Ministry: The Destiny Dome Embassy at Cathedral of Praise Ministries International (DDE@COPI) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also the founder and Superintendent of Cornerstone Christian College Preparatory Day and High School International, and founder and President of Cornerstone Christian Bible College International. Apostle, Dr. Nelson Dowdell-Underwood also serves as overseer for Black Women Empowered Incorporated and its various affiliates.
Dr. Oscar Nelson Dowdell-Underwood understands and embraces the truth that everyone was created in the Image of GOD and born to make a difference in the lives of others all for the glory of GOD and the advancement of His Kingdom. Commissioned over 36 years ago to teach the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST, Dr. Nelson Dowdell-Underwood shares the Good News of GOD’s love and great grace and equips Kingdom ambassadors with the tools they need to discover and walk in their purpose and fulfill their destiny. Through his visionary leadership, DDE@COPI has become an international ministry invested in the development of people around the world.
Dr. Nelson Dowdell-Underwood’s gift of teaching and passion for developing others is not only reflected in his ministry, but also in his 49 years as an educator. He was chosen Indiana Teacher of the Year and nominee for National Teacher of the Year in 1977. He has taught at every level of education, spanning from elementary school to American colleges and universities. However, his greatest passion is the practical teaching of the Word of GOD, which enables believers to partner with the HOLY SPIRIT in full restoration of their Kingdom relationship and rulership through the Redemptive Work of JESUS CHRIST.
Additionally, Dr. Nelson Dowdell-Underwood is a sought-after conference speaker, consultant and author within the international academic community. His work has resulted in many honors including testifying before the United States Congress on effective strategies in urban education. Dr. Nelson Dowdell-Underwood holds a B.S. and M.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Indiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Human Potential Coaching from Cornerstone Christian Bible College International.
Whether teaching in the pulpit or in the halls of academia, Dr. Oscar Nelson Dowdell-Underwood is committed to empowering others by helping them realize their Inherent Power--the incredible deposit and potential that is resident within them as a result of GOD’s unconditional love, great grace, and unmerited favor.