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Meet New Staff: Cheryl Bowers

GFC has recently hired Cheryl Bowers as the new part-time Women's Ministry Coordinator. We've asked her to introduce herself here so we can get to know her better!

“Do the next right thing” (Elisabeth Elliot) has been the mantra I’ve endeavored to live by the past several years. When my life circumstances were not working out as I planned, some days it was all I could do, just the next right thing. Trusting God with the future and His purposes for my life has come with a huge learning curve.

I grew up in a pastor’s home, the youngest of four children. We moved around between Minnesota and Wisconsin a fair amount in my childhood as my dad followed his call to ministry. When I was nine years old my mother lead me in a prayer to place my faith in Jesus Christ on a wintery Saturday night.

Tim and I met on a youth trip when I was in high school and he in college. The first time I heard him speak to our youth group I remember thinking, “I could to listen to him the rest of my life….sigh.” We married several years later and after a year of church planting, spent the next ten years on his two graduate degrees, first in Minneapolis and then in Dallas. Then with four children in tow, we moved to Boone, NC for Tim’s first official pastoral position. We spent eight happy years in Boone expanding our family to five children, home schooling and ministering in the church and community.

 In February of 2000 we moved to Johnson City for Tim to begin his tenure at GFC, first as the Director of Outreach and eventually Staff Pastor. Our kids grew and developed under the ministry of GFC with faithful teachers and leaders investing in them. My role was to teach, support and manage our busy home situation.

In September of 2014 Tim suffered a major stroke, which affected his ability to speak, read and work as a leader in the church. Our lives were turned upside down as we walked through the trauma and recovery of this event. “Struggling Well” would not be the way I would describe my attitude many days. Learning to trust was a daily battle and doing the next right thing was critical. We’ve come a long way and I am learning to give thanks for all that has happened and how God is using it to work in our hearts and lives.

Coming on staff at GFC as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator seems like the “next right thing.” We have asked God for a future and a purpose and He has been faithful to lead us each step of the way. I look forward to walking with the women of GFC as we learn and grow in community with each other on the Ultimate Journey.

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