Rev. Peter I. Bowell
Associate Pastor, Director of
Student and Family Ministries
Teaching, Vision, Leading our
Student Ministries & Supporting
To contact Pete, please contact
his Assistant, Julie Larro
Favorite Books – I do not read as much fiction as I would like. I like baseball biographies and have also read several James Michener books. I enjoy books on spiritual formation such as, “The Life You Always Wanted” by John Ortberg. I think Tim Keller is a good writer. On a bit more of the irreverent side I like the writing style of Ann Lamont. I tend to plow my way through thick theological books but the nuggets I find there make it worth my time.
Favorite TV Show – Everybody Loves Raymond; Seinfeld; E.R. (the early years)
For Fun I Enjoy – I love the water. The beach, the river, you name it. I love boating and sticking a fishing line in the water but I’m not a very good fisherman. We also cherish our vacations in Maine. I like spending a day with my wife going to small towns or wineries. She shops and I read. Finally, I am pretty passionate about my Red Sox and Steelers.
Music – Classic Rock, Country and Contemporary Christian with thoughtful lyrics, (Third Day, Needtobreathe, All Sons and Daughters, Josh Garrels and some of the “Passion” music).
Quote – “You Go Nowhere by Accident” These words were a benediction given by Dr. Richard Halverson, a mentor of mine. He was pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD, and also the former Chaplain of the United States Senate. This statement means we are ambassadors for Christ. He goes before us and we carry his message of love and grace to the world we live in.
Bio – I was raised in a home with nominal faith. When I was in high school my family moved from Boston to the Washington D.C. area. We started to attend Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD. It was here we sat under the teaching of Dr. Richard Halverson. It was the first time we experienced God as a God of grace and not of law.
After High School, I attended Gordon College in Massachusetts and then transferred to University of Maryland where I majored in Journalism. I lived a rather dualistic life of faith in college. God was important to me but my selfish desires came first.
After college I worked in the Washington DC area in Public Relations and began to volunteer with the student ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church. As I worked with students, I began to feel God’s call into full-time ministry. Soon after that I was hired to serve as the High School Director of Fourth Presbyterian Church. Five years later, I moved to become the Director of Student Ministry at Third Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA. Finally I felt God’s affirmation and call to seminary and received my Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell in Massachusetts.
I met David Dwight while serving as the Youth Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church. This was the beginning of a friendship and a common vision that led to the beginning of Hope Church in 1997.
My life would not be complete without my family. I met my wife Meg while serving as youth pastor in Washington D.C. Meg is a woman of grace, beauty and character. We have three children, Jonathan, Maggie and Christopher. My son Jonathan was married to Nikki in May of 2013.
I love Jesus. He is my strength and my savior. The good news of his love, grace and forgiveness is more important to me today then it ever has been. I am so humbled that I get to do kingdom work for God through Hope Church.