John P. Bowen
Alumnus of the Year

John Bowen (64) spent twenty-five years in private industry before entering the ministry. After leaving the computer software company that he had founded, John developed Freedom Industries to provide jobs and job training for ex-convicts, organizationally working closely with Prison Fellowship. While pastoring the Cambridge Church of the Nazarene in Cambridge, MA, he completed a Masters degree in Urban Ministry at Gordon- Conwell Theological Seminary through the Center for Urban Ministry Education in Boston. During a leave of absence from his church in 1995, John spent two years in Chonan, South Korea as the associate pastor of the College Church on the campus of Korea Nazarene University while also serving as the chaplain to U.S. prisoners housed in a large Korean prison. In 2000 John was called to be the pastor of the Lamb’s Church in Manhattan. During the 5 years at the Lamb’s, John completed the Doctor of Ministry degree in Urban Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Currently John is the Executive Director of Manhattan Initiative, a non-profit foundation serving the Metro New York Church of the Nazarene. John is a former trustee of ENC and currently serves as chair of the ENC Foundation Board. He and his wife, Margaret (Peg Bray, 64), have two sons.