WHO WE ARE
We are a United Methodist congregation in southwestern North Dakota. Bowman is a small, but growing town of about 1700 people. Small in the case of Bowman is good in many ways. It means we know each other. When you know each other, you care for each other. Growing is good, too. It means that our economy is healthy and our community is attractive to families as a great place to raise kids.
Traditionally, we were cowboys, ranchers. And farmers. But we are also business men and women, teachers, shop keepers, laborers, oil workers, engineers, technicians, doctors, nurses, auctioneers, government workers, pastors, librarians, mechanics, sales people—you name it, and we probably have it.
But that’s just the way we earn our living here. Just as in any community, we need Jesus. And the Bowman United Methodist Church is here, not only to enjoy Jesus ourselves, but also to show our community the way to Him. We love the Lord, and we want others to have what we have!
We do it through our corporate worship and study. We do it through service, both at home and abroad. We do it knowing the importance of our message. And we do it with joy!
We welcome you to become a part of the community of Bowman United Methodist Church.
Call the church at 701-523-5492, or email us at email@example.com. Contact us for more information, and we'll respond! Or just come! Our Sunday activities include Sunday School for all ages at 9:00 AM, worship at 10:10, and food and fellowship afterwards. Our Wednesday evening activities start at 4:30 PM and go until around 8 PM. You can learn more at our Connect page.
Ron Olson, pastor
Ron came to the pastorate of Bowman United Methodist Church through a different route than many of his colleagues. Ron and his wife, Michelle and three children served for many years with Wycliffe Bible Translators
as translators and literacy workers in the highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG). For the last 25 years, from their cross-cultural training in seminary
in the mid-1980s until Ron was appointed at Bowman UMC in July of 2011, their main focus was ministry among the Agarabi people of this island nation. In May of 2011, Ron, Michelle and the children (Ben and Josh now grown and Maija still living at home) dedicated the New Testament in the Agarabi language of PNG
. Michelle still works remotely on literacy materials from her office computer in Bowman.
Because he has seen the tremendous need for the Lord and the power of God’s Word to meet those needs, Pastor Ron has a heart for missions and holds the Scriptures in absolute highest regard. He enjoys the challenge of ministering in a very different context now in southwestern North Dakota. But people are people at the core, and at that level, the needs are very much the same as they are in PNG.
church phone: 701-523-5492
Lynne Reinhiller, lay leader
Lynne brings a wealth of practical experience and a real heart for Jesus to her role as the lay leader. Having lived for so many years in this part of the world, she really understands the people of Bowman and their needs.
Nola Horvey, Children’s Christian Education director
Nola does such a great job organizing and leading the children’s ministry at Bowman UMC! Your kids will receive the finest in Christian education when they attend Sunday School here.
Judy Sparks, Pioneer Club director
Judy is a real natural with kids. Her energy and youthful mind are apparent as she leads this club on Wednesday evenings. The kids are guaranteed not only a great faith journey with Judy as their leader, but also a lot of fun along the way!
Holly Seifert, Worship Director
Holly has such a warm heart for the Lord that it is downright infectious! She really wants to use her love for the Lord and her gift in music to bring people into genuine worship.
Deb Maher, Praise Team Director
Deb is another woman whose heart is warm for the Lord. She uses her gifting in music, too, as the pianist and leader of the Praise Team on Sunday mornings.
Ron Bowman, Choir Director
Ron has been involved in music for most of his life. You could say that music courses through his veins. Ron and his wife, Orpha
, are ranchers west of town, and they are famous for their Charolais cattle. In addition to their involvement in music at Bowman UMC, both Ron and Orpha celebrated their 50 years with the Bowman Community Chorus in 2012, and Ron has been the director of that chorus for most of those years. We are very happy to have them at Bowman UMC.
Orpha Bowman, Organist
has been playing the organ for many years. She also taught 2nd grade for 12 years in the Bowman County School. We are so pleased to have her with us!
Core values tell what is the most important to us. In a society in which authority is questioned at almost any level, and where truth is increasingly seen as related to the situation, we believe it is even more important than ever to define our values.
"We are a Bible-based, Christ-centered church, guided by the Holy Spirit in living our theme."
Founded on the Rock of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Forged by those who have gone before.
Formed by those who are here now.
Framed for those yet to come!
Our mission statement of the United Methodist Church reflects what we believe is the primary purpose for being the church, according to the last words of Jesus Christ before He ascended into heaven: “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
As a local church within the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, it is our privilege and responsibility to live out that mission within our local context. Our mission statement at Bowman United Methodist Church is this:
“We help others develop a personal relationship with Jesus. In doing so, we honor God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and give praise through the Holy Spirit, the source of light and life.”
Please go to the “About” page to learn more specifically what we believe.
In the book of Acts in the New Testament, we learn that the early church was a vibrant, Spirit-filled fellowship. We, too, are an ACTS church: Adoring, Confessing, Transforming, and Serving.
Adoring God: As Christians, we are in a committed relationship with God! We adore God! Worship is the starting point in this relationship. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.” 1 Chronicles 29:11 Believing that God is Lord over all, our church wants to glorify the Lord in our worship and our service to each other and the community.
Confessing our Faith: Worship of the holy God leads to the confession that Jesus is Lord! “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
Our church is a Confessing Church. We are a member of the Confessing Movement of the United Methodist Church.[i] Our founding father, John Wesley, said it well: “I AM not afraid, that the people called Methodists, should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid, lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case, unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out.[ii]
Transforming the World: Sounds like a pretty lofty goal, doesn’t it?! But that’s what all committed Christ-followers are called to do! The mission of the United Methodist Church is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” That is our passion at Bowman UMC! But we know it can’t happen unless God first changes us. In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul wrote, “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think….” (NLT) It is impossible to change our world for Christ if we ourselves have not allowed God to mold our hearts and minds as we spend time with Him. We at Bowman UMC are committed to allowing God to make that change in us as we He makes us more and more like Jesus. (2 Corinthians 3:18). Only then will we be able to transform the world.
Serving one Another: That seems like a “no-brainer,” but it’s not all that easy to do consistently! Jesus sets the bar for us. When Jesus entered the Upper Room as they all were preparing to enjoy their Passover Meal together, he did something that shocked his disciples: he tied a towel around his waist and knelt down to wash the dusty feet of those gathered there. (John 13:4-5) In Jesus’ culture, only the basest slaves did this. Jesus, of course, was modeling for us how to serve. At Bowman UMC, we are trying to “out-serve” each other. If we see a genuine need in our fellowship and in the larger community, we will do our best to meet that need. For we believe that the only true service for God is service to others.
Adoring, Confessing, Transforming, and Serving: A C T S !