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.
Mike was born in central Washington and later moved to Cottonwood Ca. His primary interest has been country music which he has pursued throughout his adult life. He enlisted in the US Navy and remained in the electronics field for 26 years. Upon retirement from the Navy he was employed locally in consumer electronics as a service technician and retired after 20 years. It was during this time that he married his wife and was blessed with 5 children (and to date 18 grandchildren). He was brought to a saving knowledge of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ just prior to meeting his wife, and has been active in the Church since that time. Mike currently enjoys playing music as a volunteer to the Seniors in our community, and serving the Lord in whatever capacity he is called.
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.
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.
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 Associate Pastor at Bowman for over 17 years and still preaches occasionally, leads an adult Sunday School Class and assists with some of the children’s ministries.
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.