About Me

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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

Reasons How God Can Bless Your Church

Lois and Jimmy Grant and grandson, members of Rivers of Joy
Bill Bower, Assoc. Pastor of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church, Minford, Ohio



1A DEFINE MY PRESENT GOD-GIVEN ROLES (Spiritual giftedness)

2A DETERMINE SPECIFIC, THEOLOGICALLY INFORMED GOALS AND

3A TRANSFER THESE GOALS INTO MY SCHEDULE.

For God to be able to bless our work ethic…… the above three areas need to be addressed.


Wrong Reasons to Love the Church


• Don’t love the church because of what it does for you. Because sooner or later it won’t do enough.
• Don’t love the church because of a leader. Because human leaders are fallible and will let you down.
• Don’t love the church because of a program or a building or activities because all those things get old.
• Don’t love the church because of a certain group of friends because friendships change and people move.



Love the church because of who shed his blood to obtain the church. Love the church because of who the church belongs to. Love the church because of who the church worships. Love the church because you love Jesus Christ and his glory. Love the church because Jesus is worthy and faithful and true. Love the church because Jesus loves the church.