Point of View: Honor well-deserved for Owens
Article Date: Aug 6, 2014
Dr. Glen Owens has been the assistant executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention for 25 years this coming December. Prior to that we worked together for close to five years at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, La, where he served as the church administrator.
On July 16, Dr. Owens was inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame of the National Association of Church Business Administration for his significant contributions to the church management profession. Other persons inducted into this Hall of Fame have included nationally recognized professors, denominational leaders, writers, editors and certified public accountants that specialize in church management. This is a rare and notable achievement.
While on staff at Broadmoor, Dr. Owens greatly assisted with the organization and growth of a new church start, Ellerbe Road Baptist Church in Shreveport, where he served as the interim pastor in the early and formative life of the church.
Nancy and I have had the joy of developing a close relationship with the Owens family across the years and watching their children grow and mature.
Kent, their son, has always been an outgoing and pleasing person—one of the most unassuming and uninhibited persons I know. We love him for who he is—bull-rider and all!
Their daughter, Kathleen Tompkins, has worked for the Florida Baptist Convention for 15 years. She helped in my office, moved to a fulltime position and now has become a wonderful addition to our Convention staff as a ministry assistant in the prayer and spiritual awakening team. Kathleen has one of the best work ethics I have ever seen.
She is married to Jamie Tompkins and they have two sons, Jared and Judson. Her personality is gracious and warm, always upbeat and helpful. A graduate of the University of Florida, her loyalty is no secret when football season rolls around. We love her and the encouragement she renders.
Glen’s wife, Susan, is a gracious spouse, mother and grandmother. Always fun to be with, she has an exceptional and outgoing personality. Across these years, she has been so supportive of Glen in his ministry.
Last year she was recipient of the Clyde Maguire Minister’s Wife Award given annually.
Nancy and I count this special lady as a close friend, always caring about our well-being and willing to minister to the needs of others.
Glen, we are proud of you. This recognition is well deserved. You have been consistent and gifted in this area of church and denominational life. I am glad we have been on the journey together. May God continue to bless you and your family.
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