My name is Rick Bowers.
I am a follower of Christ, a husband to the most wonderful bride, a father to strong son and a feisty daughter, and a lover of all things cycling.
I was born in Texas, but my family made a quick getaway to Colorado while I was still young. I’d like to say most of my childhood was spent there, but it seems that maybe it was merely the place where I have my fondest childhood memories. We moved back to Texas eventually and I’ve been here ever since.
I was raised in a strong Christian household, but I believe I never began to fully understand who God was and how much he loved me until my years in college. Jesus’ rescue of me felt to be much more of a ‘process’ than it was a ‘moment’. For many years I wrestled with, and ran from, God’s calling on my life. Yet God never stopped his pursuit of my heart, and it was through His continual wooing me back to Him that I was rescued. My high school and college years weren’t what I wish they would have been, but I believe that since I’ve been forgiven much, it frees me to love much. After college I felt God pressing heavily on me that nothing else in my life mattered as much as sharing His gospel. I attended a church where a great friend and man of God gave me the opportunity to teach and work with a wonderful group of young kids. It was during my time there that I met my amazing wife and my beautiful son. In January of 2011, God granted us an addition to our family, a little wonder of a baby girl.
In the past several years God has walked me through two epic events in my life. It was during these events that I began to see much of my life like Jacob on the cliff in Genesis 32; wrestling, struggling, reflecting on a life of trying to obtain God’s favor by my own hand rather than by His grace. Like Jacob I wrestled, through tears and prayer, begging for God to reveal his face to me. The Lord began to reveal himself to me in a way that shook the very pillars of my life, everything I thought I knew felt overturned and uprooted, and yet I felt peace. I felt Jesus drawing me nearer to him and revealing himself to me in ways that demanded my full and unending response to His love. These events exposed to me more of God’s love than any other time in my life and I began to realize how intricately He weaves His love into our struggles and tragedy. God has placed a desire in me to spend the whole of my life helping His church understand how passionately He loves them and how He has sent a rescuer and savior in Jesus to redeem and reconcile them from their sins.
I desire that those who have never heard of Jesus, or have been taught wrong of Jesus, have misunderstood Jesus, who believe they don’t need Jesus, or who think that they are beyond the rescue of Jesus, to grow in a deeper and richer understanding of the love that Christ has for them. Many times this doesn’t come as easily as we would like for it to. My desire is that Christians should be longstanding beacons of light that shine these hard but beautiful truths about Jesus into the lives of each and every person that they do everyday life with, that they be vessels of mercy and compassion to our city and the families in it, and that they understand clearly the hope to which they have been called.