Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Features

December 27, 2011

Bidding farewell after a decade of ministry in PV

Noteworthy Neighbor

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Though it is the lot of many a minister to change the flock they shepherd to over the course of a career, in the city of Pauls Valley, they tend to have a chance to feel more than comfortable.

Since Tim Bowen, pastor at Trinity Baptist Church began his years of service 10 years ago in the region along with his children and wife Robin, he has had a chance to become a part of a trend where congregations tend to get attached to their worship leaders. It is this attachment which has made his time here so special and something he will cherish as he once again plans to take the next step in his walk of faith.

“The town has a tendency to keep pastors for a while,” said Bowen, who accepted a chance to reach even more people through a new ministry he applied to in October. “It’s really pretty amazing... it says a lot for the town.”

Bowen’s roots with ministry trace back when he was attending college and from 1978 until 1986 he was actually a music and youth minister. It was in 1989 when God called Bowen to the pastorate and noted how he didn’t even become a Christian until several years after he began the former.

Much like Bowen’s dad who was also a minister, he spent a number of years moving around quite a bit, with his stints being from panhandle towns like Custer City to Hooker and he calls Marlow home since he graduated high school there. It is all of these experiences he will continue to use as motivation to be there in good or bad times from the kids he used to mentor through summer camp years ago to being apart of the PV ministerial alliance where he helped bridge denominational divide.

“It’s not that it’s always been fun or easy, but the way God’s built me is as a people person,” said Bowen, who keeps his early musical ties through efforts like the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma. “There’s a sense of having done something worthwhile when you’ve walked with them in tough times.”

However, Bowen believes he’s never been made to feel more like a native than his time here in Garvin County. He’s’s certainly found out how involved one becomes once they move here, being a band parent here for three of his children and even driving the bus after they all graduated.

Both Bowen and his wife were put to work in more ways they can count  throughout town from his service work in areas like the Chamber of Commerce as well as charitable foundations. Then there was Robin handling both the church head start and Delta head start as her many duties.

Some of the fondest memories Bowen has had in the decade here include getting to participate in ministries like “Operation Christmas Child,” where the church made it an entire congregation effort to serve as many kids needs as possible instead of just taking one assigned child at a time. He also said one thing he and his family will never forget is how well they were treated when his wife’s mother died a few years back, offering comfort well beyond just condolences.

Bowen’s last Sunday will be Jan. 1, a day he is actually a visiting pastor and chosen so his kids can spend time with the people they knew while growing up here one last time. All of them cherish the town, one child claiming he’d even move back here if he could continue his career in Walgreens if they opened up a store.

“I’ve never been made to feel by anybody here like an outsider,” said Bowen, who noted how even his kids also felt accepted right away. “When your dad is in the ministry sometimes it takes a while to be accepted, but that wasn’t the case here.”

This next stop for Bowen will be taking over as director of missions for the Bryan Baptist Association in Durant, where he will work with 39 churches in the Bryan County area. He was given the chance to take on this new challenge when a friend recommended he send in a resume and the more he thought about it, the more it felt right about going in this direction.

“It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been 10 years,” said Bowen. “It’s just been quite the ride.”

1
Text Only
Features
  • vacancy-sign.jpg Stay scared: 10 most haunted hotels in America An overnight stay at a haunted hotel is a nightmare come true for many thrill-seeking tourists, and travel website TripAdvisor has named the top 10 places where you can scare up a good vacation.

    October 26, 2011

  • Citizen of the Year Richelle Citizen honor an easy choice in PV

    Each year there comes along a unique opportunity in Pauls Valley for the Chamber of Commerce to choose both an individual and a company who have made a noticeable community impact.

    May 29, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Joe Eddy Eddy closes out PV fire legacy

    There are quite a few individuals who have made a living out of setting trends, but Pauls Valley Fire Chief Joe Eddy not only made an impact through examples over the years, there’s a high bar set as he is calling it a career May 31 after 26 years.

    May 22, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy William Martin Maysville history comes to life one act at a time

    Ever since the dawn of classroom based learning, teachers and administrators have struggled to find ways to engage their pupils in each semester’s curriculum.

    April 24, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy ECU Fashion ECU students ready for PV Trash Fashion

    Whether or not the fate of Pauls Valley’s first ever Trash in Fashion Show will include return engagements ultimately depends on both the participation of contestants and the support of the community, but there is promise at least on the youth side.

    April 10, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Jim Mayberry Market grows on vocational manager

    Though seven years the creation of other minds via the Garvin County Community Living Center, one man who has become synonymous with the Valley Farmers Market over the past few has been Vocational Manager Jim Mayberry.

    April 3, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Praytor-Joy Team fashion makes old new again

    Following a set theme may seem to be a form of limitation placed on the creative process, but for those in the Pauls Valley arts scene, those similarities will feed instead of inhibit what makes their work unique.

    March 27, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Trash in Fashion Team recycles for fashion

    Art in some ways can always involve taking an otherwise cast aside object and giving it new use, but for three Pauls Valley business owners, it’s also a chance encourage environmental responsibility in others.

    March 20, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Rick Shreve SORC like home for 40 year employee

    Being a part of the atmosphere at the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center has certainly been a challenge in the last few years alone, but for one employee, it’s just one of many chapters in a proud 40 year relationship.

    March 13, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Jordan Henderson Minister Ministry great change of pace for youth pastor

    Keeping the flow of ministry going in any community not only requires contributions from every member of the congregation, but encouraging focus to be picked up and carried by on by each new generation.

    March 6, 2012 1 Photo

Business Marquee

e-Edition
  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.

     

    CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE E-EDITION SITE

     

    ATTENTION CURRENT DEMOCRAT SUBSCRIBERS TO START an e-EDITION

    e-mail request to sjohnson@pvdemocrat.com

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US
Stocks
Facebook