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Herman Bowers was honored recently for 70 years of ministry on the occasion of his retirement in Frankfort, KY.

From 1946-51, Bowers would preach his first sermon in his home church of New Canon Baptist in Franklin County and also serve as a circuit preacher while a student at Mercer University. During that time, he preached at Liberty Baptist in Carnesville, Pine Street Baptist in Guyton, Little Ogeechee Baptist in Oliver, and Elam Baptist in Egypt in addition to New Canon.

As a student and following his time at Southern Seminary Bowers was the pastor of Indian Fork Baptist in Badgad, KY and First Baptist in Frankfort, where he served 17 years. Upon earning two doctorate degrees from Southern, he filled the pulpit at Trinity Baptist in Frankfort from 1978-2014.

Bowers, 86, met his future wife, Shirley, while pastoring Pine Street in Guyton. The couple has two daughters and a son.


Capel Baptist Church in Grady County Baptist Association recognized interim pastor L. Paul Day, Sr. for 60 years in ministry. Day retired after 31 years as pastor and from South Central Area of Georgia as director of missions. In retirement he served as director of missions for Grady County Baptist Association and is now in his fifth interim pastorate in the area.