Pastor Scott Bowie
Growing up in a pastor’s home in Mississippi during the turbulent days of the 1960’s, Pastor Scott early learned the costs and rewards of the noble calling to ministry in the Church. Having graduated from high school in 1978, he set off to study chemistry and mathematics at Millsaps College, a small, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Jackson, the state capital. It was there, during his final semester, that he met his bride-to-be, Carrie, while both were members of the Millsaps Singers, the college’s 50-voice choir. Pastor Scott and Carrie began their married life together in 1984 as graduate students in Nashville, Tennessee, where Scott enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Vanderbilt University, and Carrie in the Master of Sacred Music program at Scarritt Graduate School. With studies complete, Scott and Carrie moved back to Mississippi, where Scott accepted an appointment as the Associate Minister of the First United Methodist Church in Yazoo City, a small county-seat town some 45 miles northwest of Jackson. It was then that their first child, John Hunter, was born. Serendipitously, an opportunity to be in ministry in the Houston, Texas, area presented itself; Pastor Scott and Carrie moved their family to Bellaire, where Pastor Scott began work as the Associate Pastor of Bellaire United Methodist Church, a 2300 member congregation located in southwest Houston, just inside “the loop.” Barely one month after moving, Kate made her grand entrance, completing the Bowie family. In 1995, Pastor Scott enrolled in the Master of Arts in Theology program at Notre Dame, and Carrie began work for the Sisters of the Holy Cross at St. Mary’s as the Assistant Director of Liturgy and Music. With M.A. fresh in hand, Scott began studies at the University of Chicago in the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, where he continues to work on a dissertation on St. Paul's rhetorical use of persona in 2 Corinthians.