Our Ministry Leaders


Robert and Sharon Bowden

Bob and Sharon Bowden are both honored and excited to have the opportunity to pastor Sunrise Community Church. Bob’s ministry centers around the time tested factual premise that if you are a prodigal child, God is waiting for you to come back home and renew His call on your life. They are living proof that there is no expiration date on God’s calling into ministry and servanthood.

As a young, just-out-of-high-school-Alabama-transplant, living in Georgia, Bob Bowden started feeling that heavy pull into God’s ministry, driving him forward to pursue an education in biblical studies. As a dead-broke student, he met his wife Sharon at Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida, where, with Sharon’s support, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies. Now both dead-broke, joined for better or for worse, Bob and Sharon moved on to Springfield, Missouri, where he continued his studies, earning a Masters in Biblical Literature from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. During this period of study, Bob and Sharon dedicated what available time they had ministering to young adults, After seminary, they went on to pastor a church in Southwestern Georgia, tried their hand at youth pastoring in Revere, Massachusetts, eventually serving as the interim pastor. Bob would later pioneer a new church in Meredith, NH, completing his journey north.

For a season or two, Bob and Sharon made decisions that led him away from ministry, achieving a great deal of success in residential construction and retail. Not surprisingly, God was not finished with either of them. Through the Lord’s leading and Sharon's continuous support, Bob dedicated his life back to God and today both of them feel a stronger call on their lives then ever before.

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