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.
God's giftings are evident and obvious in our children, Landis, Hope, and Faith. The three of them play and sing together beautifully although they don't always want to.
Carrying a lot of responsibility on his ever-broadening shoulders and doing a fine job of it is 17-year-old Landis. Not only does Landis do a great job with presenting his songs, handling his guitar, and using his muscles to load/unload musical equipment, but behind the scenes he honors God by helping with his big sister, Grace, lifting her and putting her braces and shoes on frequently. We're especially proud of the way Landis stands for Jesus.
On the mandolin is our sweet Hope who is a helper and an exhorter. Hope loves people and ministry. She serves others with a thoroughness beyond her 15 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 little 12-year-old fiddler, Faith. We want all of our children to put ministry before artistry but the fact remains there is something to be said for human charisma. Faith possesses that. Most people are drawn to Faith. Whether it's the blonde hair, the blue eyes, or the comic relief that she is, we're not sure but we're praying hard for her little heart to be sold out to Jesus all the days 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.) Because Justis was not in our plans but God brought him to us anyway in such a fun and exciting way, we're confident that God has big plans for this little guy! His daddy and older siblings inspire Justis and whenever they practice their instruments, Justis is quick to grab his guitar and "practice" too! If the temperature is just right in the building, he'll even play his guitar on stage.
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. The quickest way to befriend Grace is to sing to her or feed her some pizza.
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.