Dr. John R. Bower, M.D., M.T.S., Th.M.
Adjunct Professor of Church History, 2009 -
Key to the vitality of the Church today, Dr. Bower believes, is a rediscovery of the faith of our fathers. As the Great Revival of the Reformation is examined, our understanding of the Scriptures is deepened from its treasuries of truth. Our faith is strengthened as it is seen that Reformed doctrine did not originate 500 years ago, but that it is the faith once-delivered to the saints and preserved through the centuries to our day. As not only the writings, but also the times and lives of the Reformers are studied, our faithfulness to the Lord in these times is both challenged and emboldened.
In keeping with this high regard for the relevance of Reformation history, Dr. Bower is involved with the Westminster Assembly Project which is seeking to recover and make available in full the doctrinal legacy of this historic convocation (1643-1652). Specifically, Dr. Bower is directing the Transcription Project which is endeavoring to locate, catalog, and transcribe all extant, Assembly-related manuscripts – from correspondence and petitions to personal library lists and completed but unpublished writings. Further information about this research may be found at www.westminsterassembly.org. He authored
The Larger Catechism: A Critical Text and Introduction for this project, which was published in March of 2010 by Reformation Heritage Books.
Dr. Bower also serves as Attending Physician, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, at Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology/Immunology at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio.
- M.T.S., Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
- Th.M., Westminster Theological Seminary, London
Dr. Bower has served as an elder for more than 20 years in the PCA, and is currently helping to plant an RPCNA church in Aurora, Ohio.
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