The five worship services will provide opportunities to support NOAC. Checks may be made payable to: “Church of the Brethren” and mailed to: Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120. You may also give online at: www.brethren.org/NOAC-offering
Thank you for your generous support of this important ministry.
Christy Dowdy – Monday, September 6
Christy Dowdy, born and raised in McPherson, KS, has served as a pastor in the Church of the Brethren for the past 31 years. She co-pastored with her spouse, Dale for many of those years in Lincoln, NE (Antelope Park Church of the Brethren) and Huntingdon, PA (Stone Church of the Brethren.) Most recently, she has served as an interim pastor in Arlington, VA and currently with the Bridgewater (VA) COB. Dale and Christy have chosen Harrisonburg, VA as their retirement location and look forward to new adventures along with visits from family and friends. She is a graduate of McPherson College, (KS), Emporia State University (KS) and Bethany Theological Seminary (IN).
Paula Bowser – Tuesday, September 7
Paula Bowser is a retired pastor from Englewood, Ohio. You may know her writings from Brethren Press. She’s penned two devotionals ― The Word Made Flesh and Holy Manna; and two Covenant Bible Study Guides ― one on Jonah, and one on Women of the Hebrew Bible.
Paula is a poet, whose joys include Shakespeare, art, travel and cinema.
She has worked as a high school English teacher; a reporter (Morrison’s Cove Herald); and an ecumenical campus minister at Iowa State University. She has served as pastor at the Crossroads UCC in Indianola, Iowa; and at Glade Valley Church of the Brethren in Walkersville, MD. She and her husband now Tom attend the Trotwood Church of the Brethren, where Paula served as pastor for 10 years.
The Bowsers have two children, son David (Stacy) Bowser [in Parma, OH] and daughter Laura (Chad) Houston [in Martinsburg WV] and a little granddaughter, Samantha Quinn Houston.
Andrew J. O. Wright – Wednesday, September 8
Born and raised in England, Andrew was introduced to the Church of the Brethren whilst teaching at Hillcrest School in Nigeria. Debi and he were married there. The family returned to England for a year and then moved to the US in 1980. Andrew served 3 congregations in Southern Ohio before retiring in 2019 and now serves as an interim.
He is a graduate of St. Luke’s College, Exeter University (Cert.Ed.), Bethany Theological Seminary (M.Div) and Ashland Theological Seminary (D.Min).
Andrew and Debi have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Don Fitzkee – Thursday, September 9
Don Fitzkee is Pastor of Worship at Lancaster (Pa.) Church of the Brethren and previously served for 20 years as a “free minister” in the Chiques congregation. He is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and Palmer Theological Seminary (formerly Eastern Baptist), near Philadelphia. Don has served the denomination as chair of the Mission and Ministry Board and preached at the 2015 Annual Conference. He is author of Moving Toward the Mainstream, a 20th century history of the Atlantic Northeast District of the Church of the Brethren and has written for Messenger and Guide for Biblical Studies. During the pandemic Don, his wife, Carolyn, and their college-age kids, Galen and Marianne, learned they could sing together as a quartet and enjoyed recording a number of hymns for online services. They live near Manheim, Pa.
Eric Landram – Friday, September 10
Eric Landram is pastor of the Lititz Church of the Brethren in Pennsylvania. He grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. He is a graduate of Bridgewater College (2006) and Bethany Seminary (2015).
Eric is a playground aficionado and enjoys spending time with his family, a good book, dinosaurs, and any LEGO set with lots of pieces.