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Plant City’s First Baptist to vote Sunday on calling new senior pastor

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PLANT CITY – Members of Plant City’s First Baptist Church will vote Sunday on calling a Georgia minister as their new senior pastor.

The vote will come after Dr. Brian Stowe delivers the morning sermons at First Baptist, 503 N. Palmer St. A 14-member search committee recommended his hiring.

Stowe has been senior pastor for 16 years at Maysville Baptist Church in Maysville, northeast of Atlanta. He would take the place of the Rev. Michael S. Lewis, who left in January to take a job with the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Missions Board.

Stowe and his wife of 21 years, Bonnie, have four children, Sarah, 16, Hannah, 14, Andrew, 9, and Elizabeth, 2.

He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and master’s and doctor of divinity degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife has a bachelor’s in early childhood education from the University of Georgia.

He previously was associate youth minister at First Baptist Dallas and pastor of Fremont Hills Baptist Church in Nixa, Mo.

During his tenure at Maysville Baptist, the church membership grew from 150 to 600. He serves on the administration and executive committees of the Georgia Baptist Convention and serves as chaplain of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a bio posted on the Maysville Baptist website, he enjoys golf, spending time with his family and is a Georgia Tech fan. His favorite biblical verse is Philippians 3:10 and his favorite biblical character is Nehemiah.

First Baptist, with 3,700 members on its rolls, is one of Plant City’s largest churches. The Rev. Jim Henry, retired First Baptist Church of Orlando pastor and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has filled in as pastor since Lewis left.

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