Jeremy Bower, 36

Brigade Chaplain, Minnesota Army National Guard
Minister of Youth and Family Ministries, Salem Road Covenant Church
Rochester, MN

A self-described evangelist at heart, Jeremy loves bringing God to soldiers. He walks with them and their families through deployments, loss of loved ones, unemployment, financial hardship, divorce, the stress of combat, and substance abuse.

After graduating from North Park University in 2001, Jeremy entered the Army and served overseas in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. When he enrolled at North Park Theological Seminary, he planned to return to active-duty status. “It wasn’t until the last semester of seminary that I told God that I’d be faithful to pursue congregational ministry full-time,” he says. “Four years later, I have seen God’s faithfulness and expounding grace because I chose to trust him in an area of life that I really wanted to hang on to.”

Bower entered the army in June 2001 after graduating from North Park University, where he majored in youth ministry and communication arts. He served overseas in Iraq and later in Saudi Arabia, and has received several medals and awards, including the Bronze Star. Bower and his wife, Kari, live in Minnesota with their five children, and in his free time, he enjoys hunting, trap shooting, autocross, reading, and watching KU Jayhawks basketball.


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Favorite way to waste time: Netflix
Favorite TV show: HGTV/TLC house shows
Choose a superpower—fly or be invisible: Neither. My sinful nature may use it against me. My humanness is enough to deal with on its own.