Bethany Baptist Church
Monday, January 17, 2022
Worshiping, Witnessing, Working...Together

Meet Our Pastor

Craig Bowen has been our pastor since 2005. Craig grew up in Independence, Missouri and came to faith in Jesus Christ through the influence of a high school ministry at age fifteen. He graduated from college with a degree in computer science in 1978, and went to work for a major oil company. Craig met Joanie Guinn in Sunday School, and they married in 1982. As a young adult, Craig developed an interest in missions, and he and Joanie began to find opportunities to serve and teach in their local church. The Bowens soon started their family, and for the next twenty years raised their five children, worked, and continued to be active in various ministries in their church. Craig’s enthusiasm for missions and ministry, and a desire for formal training, continued to grow. In 2001, after a great deal of prayer and soul-searching, the Bowen family moved to Los Angeles so that Craig could pursue a seminary education at The Master’s Seminary in preparation for ministry. After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 2005, Craig was called to serve as pastor here at Bethany Baptist Church. Pastor Bowen loves to preach and teach. “My strategy in the pulpit is to preach through books of the Bible in order to equip and mature and evangelize our church family. My emphasis is on providing a careful exposition of the text, informed by the original vocabulary and grammar, and by the historic and cultural context of the original audience. My goal is to be correct and clear and compelling and equipping.” His current ministry emphases include nurturing love of the local church, encouraging personal evangelism, and developing men and young adults. Craig and Joanie have five children: Bethany (married to Dieter Wefuan), Sarah (married to Jeremy Conrad), Nathan (married to Julie), Hannah (married to Brady Quarles) and Josiah (married to Chelsey). They are also the doting grandparents of Asher, Brodie, Finley, Haddon, Ree, Hudson, Simeon, Judah, and Anya.
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