Rosemary Bowen was born in Chapel Hill, NC and has lived there all her life. She and her family have been members at FBC since 2001 and she grew up learning from the staff she now is delighted to work alongside. Having always enjoyed organizing and paperwork she is excited to use her gifts to serve the church. In her free time Rosemary enjoys playing the piano, swimming, and shopping with her sisters.
Susan was born in Winston-Salem, NC, and graduated with a degree in mathematics from Guilford College in Greensboro. She is a retired high school math teacher (taught 30 years, 27 of those at Northern High School). She came to FBC Durham in 1976 and is currently serving as Worship Assistant, member of the Worship Choir, Director of Handbell choirs, and BFL teacher (1 year olds). She is married to Kenny Browning and has three sons who all grew up at FBC: Chuck, John, and Joe. They also have three grandsons: CJ, Jack, and Patrick.
Paul was born in Rock Hill, SC, and “reborn” at First Baptist Church of Rock Hill. He was educated at Mars Hill College and the University of Georgia and worked in a variety of positions, primarily social services and church maintenance. Paul is blessed with a God-honoring wife, Ali; son, Eric; daughter-in-law, Kimberly; and grandsons, Elijah and Sebastian.
Rufus was born in North Carolina, and attended Livingstone College. He married Rhonda Powell in 1991. Rufus started working at FBC Durham in October of 1995.
Joel is a native of Durham, and has lived here in the Raleigh/Durham area his whole life. He was blessed to be born into a Christian home and became a follower of Christ at a young age. He attended North Carolina State University and obtained undergraduate degrees in both Accounting and Business Administration. He is currently pursuing his M.Div. at Southeastern and expects to graduate in the spring of 2016. Joel is a newlywed, being married nine months, and he and his wife, Anne, are expecting their first child in October.
Ashley is originally from Louisiana, where she spent the first half of her childhood before her family moved to Monroe, NC. She graduated from North Greenville College in 1999. She and her husband Jonathan were married in May of 2002, and have one daughter, Loralye (2012). Ashley has enjoyed serving at FBC Durham since 2002.
Kimberly grew up in Jackson, TN, and Jackson, MS. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. Kimberly has lived in North Carolina since 1998. She is married to Ryan, and they have two children: Mason (2002) and Olivia (2005). Kimberly enjoys serving in the preschool ministry at FBC Durham.
Tom is a native of Durham, NC. He graduated from NC State with a degree in Applied Mathematics and from Wake Forest University with a Master of Business Administration. He retired from Verizon in 2003 and began working at FBC Durham in 2008. Tom serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor. He and his beautiful wife Tina live in Northern Durham County. Their son Matthew recently graduated from UNC and now works at the University Hospital.
Jared was born in Texas, but would tell you he’s from Boiling Springs, SC where he spent most of his childhood. He recently married Victoria in January 2015, who is also from SC. Jared graduated from North Greenville University in December 2009 with a Media Ministry Bachelor’s degree, and he is now pursuing an M.Div. in International Church Planting at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Victoria works as an emergency room nurse at a local hospital, and they have one retriever/lab mixed puppy-child named Jackson.
Elisa and her husband Andy have been members of FBC Durham since 1998. Though they both grew up in Northwest Arkansas, they now call Durham their home and are parents to four wonderful children. Elisa graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. It is a joy for her to serve the children and parents at FBC.