Gordon Dawson- Elder Emeritus
Gordon is a longtime Cottonwood resident who grew up in a godly home. His father established and nourished Sunday Schools throughout Northern California as a missionary with what is now the American Missionary Fellowship. Gordon’s mother was a dynamic influence in his life. He came to know the Lord at an after school evangelistic service at Cottonwood Baptist Church when he was twelve. Gordon and his high school sweetheart, Anna May, were married in 1952 and were blessed with four children. Currently the Dawson’s have ten grandchildren. Gordon enjoys working around his home and the other rental properties that he maintains. Not only is Gordon a tireless worker for the Lord at the church but he also directs Bowman’s missions program.
Bob Wemple – Associate Pastor
Bob was employed for 32 years in law enforcement including 9 years L.A County Deputy Sheriff, 3 years Calif. Highway Patrol, and twenty years as an investigator for the Medical Board of California. He and his wife June married in 1965 and were saved through the ministry of Bowman Community Church soon after they moved to the area in 1976. They have two children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Bob has been involved in the work at Bowman in a variety of ways. He was designated Associate Pastor by the elder board in 2000 and currently preaches occasionally, leads an adult Sunday School Class, and assists in some of the children’s ministries. His hobbies include golfing, traveling, and working with wood.
Wayne was born and raised in Southern California and later moved to the Cottonwood area. He and his wife, Betty, have two grown children, five grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren (so far). Wayne came to know the Lord in 1968, just before moving to Cottonwood. Immediately after his conversion he began studying the Bible and serving the Lord in various ways. Wayne’s special love and area of expertise is music. Wayne enjoys riding motorcycles and is involved in the local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association.
Scott was born and raised in Fresno, California. He and his wife Cindy have been married over thirty years and have two children. Scott’s Christian heritage extends back for centuries, however, he has grown the most since moving here to Cottonwood. His ministry passion is teaching the validity of the Bible and creation. His hobbies include training horses with his daughter and raising chickens with his son. He also enjoys working with his hands in wood and metal.
Doug was born and raised in Pacifica California. He and his wife Denise were married in 1979 and have two grown sons and eight grandchildren. Doug came to know the Lord in 1992. He and Denise moved to Cottonwood in 2001. He enjoys serving the Lord by working with middle school kids in AWANA and younger children in Children’s Church and VBS. Doug also enjoys hunting, fishing and watching the 49ers win.