RedArrow Ministries is a member of the Christian Reformed Church of North America.
November 30, 2008, RedArrow Ministries opened its doors for its first public worship service. That day was amazing. It was filled with prayer, worship, scripture and excitement as we all wondered what was in store for this little church plant in Paw Paw, MI. Many friends and family came on that day, and it was obvious from day one that God was providing people all over the country to pray for our church.
Those first few months we averaged about 60 people each week, but numbers didn’t matter because the launch team of RedArrow Ministries were willing to be used by God to make His invisible Kingdom visible. After 9 years, we still come together on Sunday mornings. Each Sunday morning is filled with prayer, worship and excitement. We still stand in awe of our Lord and Savior, as well as, we are filled with anticipation and wonder of what comes next. God has blessed us these past few years, and we are humbled by His presence.
Ben is married to his partner in ministry, Maria. They have four children; Benjamin, Marissa, Judah and Asher. Before the Lord called Ben & Maria into full time Ministry, Ben was a public school teacher in and around the city of Chicago and abroad. He was trained in the Education Department of Northern Illinois University and received his Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI.
Along his journey, Ben had the privilege of serving the Lord in many different areas and learning from some tremendous people. At West Leonard Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, the Will County Adult Detention Center, Niños Heroes Academy, Oak Prairie Junior High, the Guam International Christian Academy, and Community Life Christian Reformed Church in Lockport, IL.
Ben has a heart for Eastern Van Buren County going back over 30 years when his grandfather bought a cottage on Christie Lake in Lawrence. He is a member of the Paw Paw Conservation Club and truly enjoys the beautiful countryside of this area. Ben continues to partner with community leaders and other organizations to help make a redemptive impact in the lives of people along this road of life.
Rev. G. Ben Bowater IV, Founding Pastor
Maria feels very blessed to join the journey at RedArrow Ministries. Prior to church planting, Maria has over 10 years experience in ministry planning and coordinating. One of the most valuable lessons she has learned is that God equips us for any purpose He calls us to.
Alumni of Calvin College, Maria has worked in marketing, sales, publishing and graphics, as well as administration and data facilitating. Maria has coordinated worship and ministries at Faith Presbyterian Reformed Church, West Leonard CRC and Community Life CRC. Currently, Maria is pursuing her MDiv from Calvin Theological Seminary.
Maria is passionate about worship. She loves to praise and adore our Lord and Savior through songs. It is a privilege to be used by God each Sunday morning. Watching God use the gifts and talents of all our worship team volunteers is such a beautiful, amazing experience. Truly a blessings.
Outside of RedArrow, Maria loves to beat Ben at any game they play.....other than history trivia games. She also enjoys the Green Bay Packers and whatever team wins the Superbowl.