Meet Our Pastor
Dr. Cowles has a special appreciation for the value of Christian education as he completed his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management with a minor in Religion at Baptist College at Charleston (now Charleston Southern University). He pursued graduate studies at Luther Rice Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary. He satisfied requirements for a Doctor of Ministry degree in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
The Cowles family is blessed with two daughters, a son-in-law and a granddaughter. Paul & Ann still reflect fondly on their trip to Greece where they retraced the footsteps of the Apostle Paul’s Second Missionary Journey and he was privileged to preach at Mars Hill in Athens. His favorite hobbies include genealogy research, playing piano, travel and reading. Paul’s life verses include Micah 6:8 and Proverbs 16:3.
Paul Cowles, a native Floridian, was adopted shortly after birth. This has given him a special heart of compassion for adoptive families and birth mothers. He was saved and baptized at eight years of age and grew up singing and playing piano in the church where Dr. Adrian Rogers experienced his first pastorate. He moved to Georgia to enter the workforce after graduating from college. One year later, the Lord called him into the Gospel ministry. He and his wife, Ann (a native of Dublin, Georgia), recently celebrated their 14th anniversary at Friendship Baptist Church in Warner Robins where he is serving in his third Senior Pastorate. He is passionate about outreach, evangelism, discipleship and relationship building.
Pastor Paul served on both the Executive Committee and the Administration Committee of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board and chairs the Credentials Committee of the Rehoboth Baptist Association. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries. He was asked to rejoin the GBCH&FM Board of Trustees in January 2019 for a second term. He is also a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Ann plays keyboard and organ in the church’s music ministry and leads the Friendship Women’s Ministry.