Bio

Excel Institute

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Organized in 1983 through and by the vision of Reverend Andrew L. Bowman, who believed and strongly contended that a "church" must give to the community. It must answer and supply a need to people to have any validity as a "House of God. " Witnessing the removal of values and accountability, as well as respect for God, authority and others from many schools, lent to a greater urgency to offer an educational institution that would include the necessary attributes for confident and well - adjusted young people

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Dr. Andrew Lee Bowman was born on February 3, 1935 in Mileston, Mississippi. As a child, he was always impressed with the preacher and the principal. His memory as a child was something his father always told him, "Always keep your bus fare home." He received his basic education from Mileston Vocational High School in Milestone, Ms. An excellent student, he went to Union Baptist Theological Seminary in Birmingham, AL; Southern Baptist Seminaries; Bishop College and the Interracial Baptist Institute in Dallas, TX. Pastor Bowman has received three degrees, Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity. Dr. Bowman served in and for the Dallas, TX community in many capacities prior to accepting the pastorate of the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Denver, Colorado. Among his many fields of endeavor, he organized the Greater South Central Baptist Church and was founder of Project 73' which is the financial arm of the United Baptist Association, Inc, Dallas, TX of which Dr. Bowman served as president. Pastor accepted the call of the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Denver on August 13th, 1973. He was a member and the Pastor for 31 years. He was the Superintendent of Excel Institute for 23 years. Under his dynamic leadership, the Union Missionary Baptist Church purchased facilities costing $500,000 with an appraisal value of more than $850,000. The church membership more than doubled and the financial increase was approximately 300% by 1976. In May 13th, 1985, under the pastorate of Dr. Bowman, Union Missionary Baptist Church celebrated the Burning of the Church Mortgage (Holy Smoke). The net worth of the Union Missionary Baptist Church was $3,293,850.33 in 1985. Pastor Bowman established: The Union Baptist Academy of Early Learning in Religious Education. The Union Baptist Dept Liquidation Plan - "UBO 74 " The Union Baptist Excel Institute The Union Baptist Credit Union The Union Baptist Club 20 The Union Baptist Death Plan The Baptist Senior Citizen's Assistance Fund The Union Baptist Education Plan The Union Baptist Mortgaging and Finance Plan BIM, WUUP and Al's Smokehouse Dr. Bowman has served as Second Vice President of Operation PUSH, Denver Chapter; Secretary of International Affairs for the Minister's Conference, Denver. He also served on the Board of Economic Development, Operation PUSH, Denver Chapter; Member of the Task Force Committee, Executive Director of the Union Baptist Academy of Early Learning in Religious Education, Executive Board Member of the Harambe Holiday, National Campus, served on the board as one of the Directors of the ACE Foundation, Assistant Secretary to the Executive Secretary and member of the Foreign Mission Board and the National Baptist Convention of America. Dr. Bowman visited Africa, accompanied by Dr. James Carl Sams, President of the National Baptist Convention of America; Dr. Robert H. Wilson, Executive Secretary of the Foreign Mission Board, National Baptist Convention of America and others who were checking the work in foreign fields. Union Missionary Baptist Church, as well as the City of Denver and State of Colorado have been blessed beyond measure to have the leadership of the dynamic, God-sent Preacher and Pastor. Dr. Bowman was Nationally and Internationally acclaimed as an outstanding man of God, one who was courageous, one who is led by the Spirit of God, and one whose motto... "The Spirit of God is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." Challenges had no boundary with Pastor Bowman for he relied on God, with whom all things are possible. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose. A time to be born and a time to die. Eccl. 3:1-2. God Bless you Pastor Bowman.