A Message from our Director

Dr. Michael L. BowieEcclesiastes 3:1 proclaims that there is a season for everything and time for every matter under the heavens.  Friends, I am elated to be walking in this season as the new National Executive Director for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century.  If there were ever a sense of urgency for the African American Church, it is now.   This scripture focuses on the words from Solomon who proclaims a prophetic challenge and a deep sense of urgency.  For nearly half of 2020 we have been navigating through a pandemic that has rocked our nation in unprecedented ways, especially the Church. 

I believe God has strategically equipped me to lead this important work of SBC21 for such a time as this!  I want to personally thank Bishops Jonathan Holston of the South Carolina Conference, Bishops Tracey Smith Malone of the East Ohio Conference and the SBC21 Coordinating Committee for trusting me in this season to lead such a sacred work.  

As an Elder for more than 20 years in our Church, I have had the opportunity to lead congregations of all sizes and racial make-up.  Little did I know that God would use every season of my ministry – the trials, disappointments, and triumphs to prepare me for this new assignment. 

As many of us know, the pandemic of COVID-19 also revealed the virus of RACISM and INJUSTICES.  However, in spite of these diseases, I believe SBC21 is needed now more than ever.  I look forward to partnering with you to offer transformative ministry that will engage and meet the needs of churches, annual conferences and our collaborative partners to bring about more relevant, sustainable and vibrant faith communities. 

This is a HUGE assignment and I invite your prayers, input and service as we together strengthen black churches in the UMC.  
Grace and peace,
Dr. Mike Bowie
Rev. Dr. Michael L. Bowie, Jr.
National Director
Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century
The United Methodist Church
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Dr. Michael L. Bowie

Dr. Michael L. Bowie, Jr
SBC21 National Director


Strengthening The Black Church
For The Twenty-First Century