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Hi I'm Charley Bowen

I live in Georgia, have an amazing wife and five wonderful kids. I am a Professor of Educational Leadership, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Several decades ago I fancied myself becoming a professional tennis player. I played in college and had an offer of financial backing for the pro tour. I had to make a decision between that offer and a scholarship to graduate school. Fortunately, I recognized my limitations athletically and chose graduate school. Fortunately, because while in graduate school I met a professor who introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and also because during graduate school I was reunited with a young woman I had a huge crush on in high school and we were married. We have five amazing children and three grandchildren. We're hoping for many more grandchildren. Over the past 40 years I have had numerous academic adventures. I was a student at Mercer University, Duke University, and Florida State University and have degrees in psychology and education. I have been a Dean of Students, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Chair of an Academic Department. Currently I am enjoying my position as a Professor of Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University where I primarily teach graduate courses in ethics for educational leaders. I still find time to play a little tennis though knee and shoulder surgery and impending hip replacement have slowed me down a bit. My favorite passion is spending time with my wife, kids and grandkids and serving in the church where I have been blessed with wonderful friends and numerous opportunities for growth and learning.

Why I am a Mormon

In the section above I mentioned a professor who introduced me to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was actually the director of my dissertation. As he was giving me materials to read for my research, he would occasionally throw in a pamphlet about Joseph Smith or The Plan of Salvation. While I did not see the connection to my research, I was obedient and read them as instructed. While working on my dissertation, my sweetheart, Claire, and I were dating. (We were married on Christmas Eve, 1977) When we became engaged, my major professor, who also had a family psychology practice, offered us several "marriage enrichment" sessions as a wedding gift. During the second session, he kept hesitating on the topic we were discussing and finally blurted out the question: "You two are so much in love, would you like to know how to be married for time and all eternity instead of til death do you part?" We were fascinated ("hooked" might be a better descriptor) and the topics of our sessions changed directions. The next few "sessions" were held in my professors home along with his wife and two clean-cut young men with name tags. We read and learned a great deal and met many wonderful people. Claire, more spiritual than I, recognized the truthfulness of the gospel almost immediately. With my scientific background, I needed more proof. Several "friends" provided literature that they hoped would deter our interest in the LDS Church. My parents, devout Baptists, were not pleased. Finally, after numerous spiritual experiences, we decided to be baptized. I did not have a strong testimony at that time. Rather, I loved everything I was learning about the LDS Church, including Christ at the center, emphasis on family, service to others, and high standards. My friend and professor, along with a couple of other marvelous mentors said I could "lean on their testimonies" for awhile. So, on April 6th, 1978, Claire and I entered the waters of baptism.

How I live my faith

To the best of my ability, I strive to be like our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on a daily basis. In fact, it is and will always be a goal to become one with the Savior and our Father in Heaven (John 17:9-23). To this end there are five goals my family and I have established: (1) Read, ponder, and pray about the scriptures daily, even feasting upon the words of Christ (2nd Nephi 32:3). We believe that through scripture study the door to personal revelation is opened. (2) Invite others to come unto Christ. "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ" (2nd Nephi 25:26) "How great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me." (Doctrine & Covenants 18:16) (3) Regularly attend the temple (a house of the Lord, a holy sanctuary in which sacred ceremonies and ordinances are performed by and for the living and also in behalf of the dead.) It is in the temple that I feel closer to God than anywhere else on earth and where I am able to fulfill the admonition to "turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers." (Malachi 4:6) (4) Provide service to others. "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17) "Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40) (5) Utilize more fully the gift of the Holy Ghost. Through the Holy Ghost we may draw closer to God (John 3:5), be comforted in times of need and be taught all things (John 14:26) I have had the privilege of serving in many capacities in our church. Currently I serve as bishop for our congregation of 450 which is similar to a pastor or minister in another church. While I have a full-time job at a local university, the opportunity to help our ward family strive to become one with our Savior and Heavenly Father provides countless blessings for which I am eternally thankful.