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Pastor & Copastor

Pastor Joel E. Bowdan III
Position: Senior Pastor

Biography of Pastor Joel E. Bowdan III
Pastor Joel E. Bowdan III is a preaching, teaching, praising and worshipping man of God who always wants to see and love God’s people the way our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ does.  He is passionate about expanding God’s kingdom and unifying the Body of Christ (the Church) on earth.
Pastor Joel was baptized in Jesus’ name and filled with the Holy Ghost at the tender age of seven, and thoroughly understands the challenges posed to those who commit themselves to God while resisting the lures of the world. As a young man he was fully persuaded, through inquiry and study, to follow Christ.  His spiritual instruction and training were provided by mentors and former pastors including the late Doctor Andrew J. C. Cross, late Bishop Raymond M. Trout, late District Elder Jerry T. Lewis, District Elder Clifton G. Hoke, and Pastor Joseph R. Hewitt
When his original career plan and back-up plans were divinely modified and rescripted by God, Pastor Joel found himself in Michigan -- right where God wanted him to be.  While in Michigan, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, became licensed as a Professional Civil Engineer, but most importantly, received his ministerial training and pastoral ordination.  
After being in Michigan sixteen years, he felt God’s leading to return home to assist his parents, Pastor Emeritus Joel II & Lady Christina Bowdan, founders of Word For Life Ministries.  In 2004 God opened the door to facilitate the move back to San Diego with his wife (Michele) and three children (Joel IV, JaLyn and Christiana).  He humbly received the pastoral mantle from his father in 2007 and continues to faithfully serve God’s people as Senior Pastor of Word for Life Ministries.
His dedicated service to God through the years as an usher, musician, singer, choir director, youth leader, teacher, sound technician, head deacon, trustee, minister, elder, praise & worship leader, and intercessor was foundational to his ultimate call to servanthood as a pastor.