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In Memoriam: FEBC Founder Dr. Robert H. Bowman

Bob BowmanDr. Robert H. Bowman, Co-Founder and President Emeritus of Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC), entered God’s presence on March 11 after a brief illness. He was 98.

Dr. “Bob” Bowman was first introduced to radio ministry in 1934 when he joined the Haven of Rest program as a Gospel singer. During his 12 years there, he witnessed many people coming to faith in Christ. The impact of these conversions challenged him to consider a larger perspective: Since God reaches people in the U.S. though radio, why not use it to reach people in other parts of the world?

In 1945, Dr. Bowman, along with John Broger, founded FEBC to share the love of Christ with the people of China, Southeast Asia, and the former Soviet Union.  It later grew to include the Middle East, Africa, and the Indian Sub-Continent. 

Today, FEBC’s broadcasts can be heard in 108 languages and 46 countries, with a potential listening audience of three billion people, making it one of the most strategic evangelistic ministries of the 21st century. In FEBC’s 69-year history, listeners by the millions have shared stories of transformed lives, ushering untold numbers into God’s Kingdom.

“The passion of Dr. Bowman’s life was pursuing God and he did that faithfully,” commented FEBC President and CEO Ed Cannon. “What a testimony that his passion also made it possible for millions to enter God’s Kingdom through the work of FEBC! It’s my commitment to follow in Dr. Bowman’s footsteps.”

While serving as President of FEBC, Dr. Bowman was honored by NRB with Award of Merit in 1964. He also served for many years on NRB's Board of Directors. Before retiring in 1992, he had served 42 years as FEBC’s President.

Dr. Bowman leaves behind his wife of 76 years, Eleanor; two sons, Jim and Steve; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Published: March 20, 2014

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