Dr. Fred Lowery
Dr. Fred Lowery is retiring after 30 years of service at First Baptist Church of Bossier City.
By Jasmine A. Thrash
For the past 30 years, Dr. Fred Lowery has pastored First Baptist Church in Bossier and served the community faithfully. Now the church prepares to usher in a new era, as Dr. Lowery has stepped down. He began the process of retirement earlier this year.
The pastor’s philosophy has always been, “We are left on earth to take as many people to heaven with us as possible. We exist as a church for those who are not yet reached.”
It is this philosophy that has guided Dr. Lowery through all he has done in his years of ministry. More than 6,000 people have come to Christ under Dr. Lowery’s pastorship, and many more people throughout the ArkLaTex have been reached through his highly-rated Sunday morning television program, First Word. In his sermons, he communicated biblical truths and taught practical ways to apply those truths to life in the 21st century.
Along with holding numerous positions in the state and local area, Dr. Lowery has a long list of achievements and accomplishments. He is president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastor’s Conference, and vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He served on the North American Mission Board, as well as the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary board. Under his leadership, First Bossier built four buildings, purchased additional land, and updated their entire church campus. Dr. Lowery has also written several books. One of his works, Covenant Marriage, was a runner-up for the prestigious Gold Medallion Award. And in 2011, Dr. Lowery was presented with the Distinguished Service Award from Louisiana College.
Dr. Lowery’s wife, Leigh Lowery, lead the Wonderful Weekend for Women events at First Baptist Bossier. The two of them are known for reaching out to those experiencing difficulties. Together they have made thousands of hospital visits, creating lifelong memories for church and community members.
Stepping up to take Dr. Lowery’s place as pastor is Dr. Brad Jurkovich. Jurkovich and his family hail from Lubbock, Texas, where he founded Victory Life Baptist Church. Jurkovich first preached at First Baptist Bossier on September 8, 2013. The church unanimously affirmed him as pastor elect.
Dr. Fred Lowery left an enduring legacy in his wake. Now, with the strength of that legacy as their foundation, First Baptist Bossier is moving forward into a bright future with Dr. Jurkovich at the helm.