Rev. Phil Bower, age 70, of Somerset, KY, formerly of Hurricane, WV, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, September 19, 2021. He entered into the arms of his Heavenly Father, whom he had faithfully served in ministry for over fifty-two years.
Phil married Brenda Baker Bower, who survives him, on August 10, 1969. Shortly after their union in marriage, he answered the call of God on his life to be a minister, while attending a revival service led by Grandma Jones. Phil began his ministry in 1974 at Manchester Church of the Nazarene in Manchester, OH. In 1980 he started pastoring the Kettering First Church of the Nazarene and then followed to Somerset First Church of the Nazarene in Somerset, KY in 1986. He pastored at Somerset until 1992 and then moved to Logan, WV, to the Logan First Church of the Nazarene. In 1999, Phil accepted the pastorate at Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene in Hurricane, WV. He retired from Hurricane First Church in July 2021, after pastoring there for 22 years. For over fifty years he shared the gospel of Jesus while holding revivals, preaching on the radio, and leading local congregations to worship. As a pastor, he was known for his knowledge of scripture and an unwavering commitment to the church. His “Holiness Unto the Lord” radio broadcast typified the strength of his faith and the fiery preaching style which challenged any who heard his sermons. In his words, he loved the “old time religion” and for the thousands who heard his sermons, they never left a service without hearing about his love and commitment to Jesus Christ and witnessing his passion in the way he shared the gospel.
The commitment he exercised in his service to the Lord and the church, was also reflected in his unwavering love for his family. Brenda Bower, his wife, was his soul mate and partner in ministry. He referred to her as his better half and lived a life committed to their love for fifty-two years. He wore his love for his wife openly for everyone to see and it was immense. His family was the recipient of the depth of his love, strength, and unfaltering faith. Brenda and his sons, Tony and T. J., daily witnessed a father who was always their rock, never wavering as a protector and provider. That love would expand to two daughter-in-laws, Kristin and Andrea, and four grandchildren, Matthew, Nicholas, Emily, and Logan. The impression and legacy of love and faith that he built will always be the foundation of his family.
Phil Bower is survived by his wife, Brenda Baker Bower of Somerset, KY; son Tony (Kristin) Bower of Kettering, OH; son T. J. (Andrea) Bower of Ferguson, KY; grandchildren Matthew Ryan (Keandra) Bower, Nicholas Anthony (Madison) Bower, Emily Victoria Bower (fiance Aaron Smith), and Logan Joseph Bower.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd Eugene Bower and Alma Johnson Bower, and his brother and sister-in-law, Ray Eugene Bower and Rosemary Presley Bower.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Millville Avenue Church of the Nazarene, in Hamilton, Ohio. His funeral service will follow visitation at 1:00 PM with Rev. Mark Ice, Rev. Bret Layton and Rev. Walter Philpot, officiating. Burial will be at Butler County Memorial Park following the service.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene NYI, in support of their mission trip to Puerto Rico in June 2022. Donations may be mailed directly to the church, in memory of Pastor Bower, at P.O. Box 486, Hurricane, WV 25526.
Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements.