Pastor Tom Bower will be returning to us for April, kindly filling in as pastor while we await the arrival on Matthew and Jennie Steinfeld in June.
Rev. Thomas (“Tom”) Bower is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and has served churches for 37 years. He and his wife, Jean, have been married for 53 years. They have two adult children and five grandchildren. Both Tom and Jean began their careers as school teachers before Tom became a pastor. Jean also became a “lay pastor.” Tom served 18 years as pastor of one church in Iowa before he began ministering in international churches. He has served overseas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.
Tom and Jean come from Minnesota and Wisconsin respectively and now make their home in Marshalltown, Iowa. Unfortunately Jean is unable to accompany him on this visit.
In speaking of his “call” to the ministry, Tom says, “I believe that I was called to the ministry when I accepted Christ and put my faith and trust in him. When medical missionary Walter Judd was once asked if he was called to China, he replied, 'Were you called to stay home?' As believers, we are all 'called'. We need to assess our gifts, interests and aptitudes to determine where best the Lord can use us. After about a dozen years in education, I felt a need to reconsider the direction of the investment of my life and chose to go into pastoral ministry. My aspiration for ministry is best summarised in Colossians 1: 27, 'We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.'”