I am Rev. Dr. Michael Bowie

I am Rev. Dr. Michael Bowie

I’m Rev. Dr. Michael Bowie (he/him) and I’m the pastor of St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church located in east Dallas, TX. As Senior Pastor, my job is to be prophetic and to cast a vision and then have the boldness and courage to implement the vision. Our vision at St. Luke is to be “prophetic voices that will transform lives by becoming a Christ-centered, Justice-driven, Kingdom-minded community pursuing excellence in all we do.” 

After the Special General Conference which targeted the LGBTQ community for harm and discrimination, I knew it was time for me to take a stand against this injustice. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said in his Letters From The Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The Traditional Plan is legislated discrimination so that’s why I am part of the team of people involved in #ResistHarm. I hope you will go on the Resist Harm website and look at the resources here. You will find many wonderful tools for resisting injustice in all forms.  Personally, I want to especially ask you to pray. Pray breakthrough prayers! I believe that the same God that in Acts 12 released Peter from his chains, is going to release the United Methodist Church from these chains of oppression and discrimination.

Before St Luke, I’ve in several positions including Senior Pastor of Love United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, and as Teaching Pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church. I hold a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary specializing in church administration and congregational development, a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology, graduating Cum Laude and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Southern University. I also serve as SCJ Chair of Black Methodists for Church Renewal and I am on the Convening Team for UMCNext.

Recent Updates

Prayer of Witness
Pray With those who have another year for preparing to serve as delegates to General Conference, that they may have patience in this time of waiting; With those who live in places where it is unsafe to claim the name of Christ; With those struggling to live Jesus’ way in places where money, power, greed, […]
Prayer of Light
Pray With those affected by natural disasters With those who are in their own dark night of the soul With those who see no hope or light With those around the world weary and searching for hope throughout years of war and disease With those who don’t see God’s promise of resurrection With those trapped […]
Prayer of Lament
Pray With those affected by legislated horror because of their gender identity or sexual orientation; With those who lament inability to serve a church as a pastor because of whom they love; With people of color who face micro-and-macro aggressions day in and day out; With those who lament their decision to cross into this […]
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Latest Resources

February Worship Planning Worksheet
We invite you to incorporate the work of resisting harm into the worship life of your church or group.  This worksheet is a tool for use by individuals or groups, as a starting point for finding ways to incorporate #ResistHarm into regular Sunday worship, small group meetings, or vigils and special services; it includes some starting points, […]
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Liturgy from enfleshed
With a commitment to spiritual and theological depth and the centering of marginalized experiences, conversations, and communities, enfleshed seeks to provide liturgy, devotionals, curriculum, preaching, training, and pastoral care that addresses honestly, tenderly, and directly, the beauty and pain of living enfleshed lives.
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Songs for the Holy Other
The Hymn Society has edited and shares this free volume of hymns affirming the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Visit their site to download.
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