Pastor James W. Bowers died on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
Following his ordination in 1981 by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Pastor Bowers served Good Shepherd, Wilkes-Barre (1981-1987) and St. Paul’s Third, Easton (1987-2000). While serving in parish ministry, he completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Marywood College (1996) and a Ph.D. in the same field at Fairleigh Dickenson University (2002).
Pastor Bowers served the synod as an intentional interim pastor, working with St. John, Whitehall (2001-2003): Christ, Dryville (2003-2004); and Friedens, Center Valley (2004-2005). In 2007, he was called to serve as the associate pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus. He continued in that position until his retirement on July 1, 2018.
In addition to his congregational ministry, Pastor Bowers was a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, working with both individuals and families. He served for many years on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s Candidacy Committee and performed assessments for candidates for the roster in this synod and other judicatories.
A funeral service for Pastor Bowers will be held on Sunday, January 27, 4:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church 1245 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18102. There will be a time of visitation from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to Pastor Bower’s wife, Mary, 416 Stones Crossing, Easton, PA 18045.