How do you write a bio that glorifies God and not man? Answer: you look back at your life with gratitude and with the understanding that God is the one who gives the desires, talents, and successes, making the bio about what God has done in your life and not about yourself alone. That is what I hope to accomplish as I write about Bowen Family Ministries.
God opened the doors for this family ministry in 2007 when both Bobby and Becky fasted. They didn't pray with a family ministry in mind but through the fast and prayer, God moved and at the end of that year Bobby began booking singing dates for himself, returning to the call he believed God placed on his life as a teenager. He'd been serving in music ministry from his early teens singing with his family, through his accomplished and professional years with the various-award-winning and Grammy-nominated group, MidSouth (Boys). In 1997 Midsouth disbanded and Bobby stayed home to serve as sound engineer at his church, Cornerstone Nashville, and started a family.
On the mandolin is our beautiful Hope who is a helper and an exhorter. Hope loves people and ministry. She serves others with a thoroughness beyond her 18 years. Her Grandpa Troyer once said of Hope when she was still in diapers, “If Hope will be as sensitive to the Holy Spirit as she is to man, she'll have quite a ministry.”
There is so much that can be said about our 15-year-old fiddler, Faith. Most people are drawn to Faith. Whether it's the blonde hair, the blue eyes, or the euphonious melodies that resonate from her instrument, we're not sure, but we're praying that she'll always make Jesus Lord over every area of her life.
The newest addition to the Bowen Family is Justis Loy...God is faithful and just! From his conception to his timely birth and beyond we have seen the faithful and just hand of God working beyond all that we could ask or even think. (Ask us about the story.) Justis was not in our plans but 8 years ago God surprised us with this family member we didn't know we needed so much and we're confident that God has big plans for this guy! We want all of our kids to put ministry before artistry but the fact remains there is something to be said for human charisma. Justis possesses that. Whether he's picking his guitar, singing, or beatboxing, Justis is sure to entertain a crowd wherever he goes.
The eldest of the Bowen kids, Grace contributes to the family ministry with her beautiful smile and occasional squeal when she hears a favorite song. Her daddy lovingly calls her his biggest fan and a true fan she is. Grace has sat right in front of her daddy for over 1000 concerts listening to him with admiration and loyalty. She loves Jesus, her daddy, and music. Because she is non-verbal some folks shy away from attempting to talk to her but here are some hints on the best way to "reach" Grace and get a smile from her:
Sing to her
Ask her about "Mr. Pat" (friend from church she's known all her life)
Feed her dessert
Speak Spanish to her!
Becky has many roles with "Wife of Bobby" being at the top of the list. As wife, she is quick to believe in her husband and support him in the call of God on his life. As mom to the "Bowen Arrows," she prays first for her warrior, Bobby, and then their arrows that are being prepared for the moment when they are pulled from the quiver they've been sheltered in, and are shot straight and true toward the goal, Jesus Christ, and used by God in whatever capacity He's chosen for them. Lastly, Becky enjoys harmonizing with her family and sharing a relatable story on stage if time allows.
Bobby's vision for his family is to serve and minister to other families in the church. He has shared his convictions, beliefs, and desire with his wife and children, that there are so many families in (and out of) the church that are struggling to stay together, get along, love each other, and serve God together. The heart cry of Bowen Family Ministries is to esteem, exhort, and encourage the core of the church...the family.