Who knew when we formed a search team back in March of this year that in just 5 short months God would bless us with the man He had intended? Sometimes in the midst of trying to listen to God we miss certain indications of just how He’s at work. God was working powerfully from the onset to bring this man to us since his was one of the first resumes we received. The Senior Pastor Search Team is very excited to be able to introduce you to Adam, Jenny, and their two children Adalyn (1) and Jackson (4). The Bowers family currently lives in Lynchburg, VA, where Adam has served at Heritage Baptist Church since 2008 in roles from Associate Pastor to his current role as Executive Pastor. Previously Adam served at Liberty University as Director of Communications for the Center for Global Ministries and Director of the Xtreme Impact missions ministry.
Adam holds a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Science from Liberty University. In his current role as Executive Pastor, Adam has responsibility for the overall leadership and direction of church pastors and staff including adult ministries, global missions, student ministries, pastoral care, music, and much more. He is an exceptional expositor of God’s word, passionate to communicate the truth in an authentic and inspirational manner. It helps that he’s very technologically savvy as well! Jenny is a Christian counselor part time and has served as outreach coordinator at Heritage. Adam says of himself and Jenny, “My wife and I are passionate about reaching unchurched and unsaved people in authentic and relevant ways. We want to be heavily involved in a church that is intentional about making disciples and growing disciples. I believe that strong biblical preaching and a church-wide emphasis on discipleship and leadership development are all foundational to building a healthy church that lives out God’s commands.”
On behalf of the entire Elder Board and Search Team, we are delighted to present Adam to you as our candidate for the Senior Pastor position of First Evangelical Free Church of St. Louis.
Bob Richter, Elder
Search Team Chairman
Introduction from Adam
Adam’s Personal Journey
Family legend holds that my journey to preaching began at the wobbly age of three. My accessories included a diaper, a large Bible, and occasionally, a tie. At family gatherings, I instructed everyone to sit in rows while I shouted at them as loud as I could, “ARE YOU SAVED?” (My first few years were in a “dynamic” Baptist church.)
My grandfather was a pastor who focused mostly on traveling children’s ministry in several states. He shared the gospel message with me and over a hundred other children, and I knew that I was a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness. I considered going forward, but the scary people at the front of the room convinced me to wait and talk with my parents at home.
My dad explained what it meant to trust Christ for the forgiveness of my sins, what it meant to be a Christian. I prayed that evening to accept Christ and He began a lifelong journey of growth and discovery in me.
I was mentored by several older men in the church who taught me about theology and Christian living on a weekly basis. We walked through life together in our little community and studied and grew together through blessings and heartaches.
In middle school, I made a commitment to not allow drugs, sex, or any sort of addictive behavior to ever control my life. Although I went through a period of rebellion and wandering in high school, God used that commitment to keep me from making mistakes that would have had tremendous consequences – mistakes that my friends were making.
I loved playing basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis but a series of knee injuries in high school left me unable to play sports. In the process, God brought my focus back to Him and back to full-time ministry. I knew at that point God was leading me to get the training of a pastor.
In college, I started several ministries which grew exponentially. I trained leadership teams and handed off responsibilities when it was time for me to move on.
The missions ministry I helped start turned into a large international program. We developed dozens of leaders and sent hundreds of people around the world every year. I learned delegation, systems creation, and collaborative leadership skills in a pressure cooker environment. Our missions teams reached nearly every continent and we formed lasting partnerships in many countries. We now have alumni serving God all over the world as missionaries and pastors who trace their start in ministry to our program.
I transitioned from leading our missions ministry to local church pastoral ministry almost six years ago. I finished my Master’s in Divinity with a specialization in Pastoral Counseling and devoted myself to studying preaching, discipleship, and leadership development. I read dozens of books, listened to podcasts, and attended and spoke at conferences to become sharper in those three areas.
Through God’s Word and many mentors, I learned how to lead teams of people whether young or old and how important vision and purpose are for ministry. I learned that the body of Christ is ultimately all about relationships – our relationship with Christ and our relationships with each other. I learned how to develop ministries that prioritize people over programs and develop pathways to leadership that inspire and challenge people to grow. I learned how to launch discipleship movements that multiply and see it working in my community.
I am passionate about engaging people with God’s Word and seeing them transform as their hearts are touched and their minds are renewed by God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.
To view Adam’s resume, click here.
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We will be having multiple community forums to give you an opportunity to get to know Adam. For information on these forums, as well as other key dates for the Candidate Week, please click here. If you miss a community forum and are unable to attend an open forum, please contact the Search Team at email@example.com to arrange different attendance.
There will be a special congregational meeting on Sunday, September 24, after second service in the main auditorium wherein members will vote on confirming Adam Bowers as the senior pastor of First Free Church.
If you have any questions about Adam’s candidacy or the search process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.