Rev. John Bower

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John Bower

I was born in Richmond, North Yorkshire opposite the castle walls in 1942. Home was in Darlington where I was brought up. I have always been grateful for loving parents and a younger sister which made for a happy home life.

After leaving school I took up an apprenticeship with a local Radio and Television Company and in the course of my secular working life took up employment with different companies learning new skills as the technology in the industry advanced.

It was my mother who introduced me to the church where my Sunday School attendance began. I was around 10 years of age when my growing awareness of Jesus in my life began. As time went by I worked among children and young people as a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader and Boys' Brigade Officer. It was as a Boy's Brigade Officer and later as the Captain of the 2nd Darlington Company at Northland Methodist Church that my main service to young people was focussed.

My wife Margaret and I were married in Northland in 1967. We have one son, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

My hobbies include watercolour painting and wood turning. I had a book published in 2014 entitled "Exploring Christian Faith through Art."

When I felt a call to be a Local Preacher in the 1970's this led to being fully accredited in 1980. It was not long after that I felt a growing call to candidate for the Presbyteral Ministry. After acceptance I took up training in Manchester from 1988-1990. My first appointment was in the Sheffield South Circuit. I've served in The Leicester West Circuit and as Superintendent Minister in the Spennymoor and Ferryhill circuit.

Looking back over my life I can see the ways in which God has touched me at specific times and has guided me in making the choices that have led me where I am today. I often give thanks for His call upon my life and never cease to be amazed that He has called me.

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