Paul A. Bowers
Bishop Paul Alexander Bowers was born
and reared in Oxford, Pennsylvania. After attending high
school graduation he relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where
he attended Aenon Bible College. He graduated from the
Aenon Bible College in 1951 and received a Bachelor of
Theology Degree. He also graduated from the University
of Cincinnati in 1964, and received a Bachelor of Science
Degree. Bishop Bowers taught in the Cincinnati Public
School System for over 5 years. He retired from teaching
in 1968 to dedicate his time to the ministry.
Bishop Bowers served as Chairman of the Ohio District
Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of The World, from
1976 to 1992. During his tenure in office, he built a
100 Bed Nursing Home at the ODC Campground in Zanesville,
Ohio. Also at the Campground, he built a 1,200 seated,
air-conditioned Worship Center, a fully-equipped cafeteria
which seats 500 people and also built a dormitory which
can house 100 people. This Campground serves as a meeting
and retreat facility.
Bishop Bowers served as the Diocesan Bishop of the Carolina
Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World from
1976 to 1996. Under his twenty year leadership, the number
of churches in this Council increased from 30 to 62 churches.
Bishop Bowers served as the Assistant General Secretary,
General Secretary and Assistant Presiding Bishop of the
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. In 1992, he
was elevated to the Office of the Presiding Bishop, and
served in this capacity for 6 years. During his tenure
as the Presiding Bishop of the PAW, Inc., he has remodeled
the International Headquarters facility in Indianapolis,
Indiana, along with the Aenon Bible College, a project
that costs over $2,220,000.00.
Presently Bishop Bowers also serves as the Diocesan Bishop
of the Ohio District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies
of the World, Inc. He is further developing the Campground
in Zanesville, Ohio to provide modem facilities for the
Youth Retreats that are held at this facility, to include
basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball field, lake
area (stocked with fish) a walking trail and increased
Bishop Bowers presently pastors the Greater Emanuel Apostolic
Temple, located at 1150 West Galbraith Road in Cincinnati,
Ohio, and has been the pastor since 1957. During his tenure
as Pastor, he has purchased and remodeled two churches.
The present location seats approximately 1,200 people
and houses several classrooms, administrative offices
and an equipped food service department.
Bishop Bowers was married to the late Dr. Elma J. Bowers,
and they had been united in Holy Matrimony for 45 years.
They were blessed to have 3 children, 5 grandchildren
and 3 great-grandchildren. He is now married to Lady Rebecca
Ann Bowers. In November 2003, they were united in Holy
His life's story is well noted in the "The Preaching
Machine", an exciting well written biography by award
winning author, Holly Broach Sowels. Bishop Bowers is
a man of God, devoted to preaching and teaching the Word
of God, and serving the people of God.