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Introducing Bethel's Executive Pastor - Keith Bower

By Pastor Wayne Smith in Bethel Church of Houston 7 months ago | 5651 views Link:

Dear Bethel Family,

I am pleased to announce Dr. Keith Bower will be joining our Bethel Church staff in the role of Executive Pastor. The purpose of the Executive Pastor position is to aid the Senior Pastor in executing the vision, goals and priorities set out by the Session for Bethel Church. I am personally excited, as his role will free me to focus more time in the Word, prayer, pastoral care, leadership development and vision.

Keith is a man of deep devotion to our Lord and a love for people. After serving for 18 years as a Senior Pastor, he sensed God calling him to a new arena of service in the heart of the city of Houston. He transitioned to a corporate job in management consulting and served at The City of Refuge Church as an Elder. In recent years, Keith has experienced an increasing desire to combine his experience in leadership and project management in the corporate sector with his experience as a Pastor in church ministry.

Keith has extensive ministry and corporate experience including the following:

  • 10 years as a Management Consultant in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • 18 years as a Senior Pastor
  • Vice-President with the Project Management Institute
  • Guest Lecturer in Theology at Houston Baptist University
  • Adjunct Professor of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Adjunct Instructor at both the College of Biblical Studies and University of  St. Thomas

Educationally Keith has excelled in various fields including:

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, Houston, 2001 
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of St. Thomas, 1992
  • Th.M., Systematic Theology, with honors, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, 1987
  • B.A., Chemistry, with honors, University of Houston, 1983
  • Professional Development and Training with Disney Institute, Orlando, in Leadership, People Management, Quality Service, and Team Creativity & Innovation, 2003 – 2013

Keith is married to Julie and they have two adult children, both married. Pray for them as they make this transition. This Sunday, June 24th, we will introduce Keith during our service. On Sunday, July 1st, join us for a lunch reception in the fellowship hall immediately following the service where you can meet Keith and Julie.


Wayne Smith

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Pam Mitchell

Welcome Keith.

Pastor Keith Bower

Thanks, Pastor!

As life-long Houstonians, Julie and I are thrilled to be part of Bethel — a church we’ve known about and admired for decades. What an honor to be part of the Family and part of the Team at this great church! We look forward to meeting more of the Family this Sunday.

Keith Bower

(713) 591-2298

Marie Creighton

Welcome Keith! I don’t know if you and Julie remember Cahd and me from our City of Refuge days but we’re excited to have you at Bethel.

Pastor Keith Bower

Yes, we remember you both very well. But we DO NOT remember 5 kids! Wow! Can’t wait to see you again and meet your family.


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