Dr. Calvin H. Bowers
Though a widely accomplished – minister, author, husband, college administrator, college professor, lecturer, and television speaker – Dr. Calvin Bowers declares his ambition simply: “I just want to be a Christian man.”
A native of Selmer, Tennessee, Dr. Bowers is the eighth of nine children. Even at birth, he seemed destined for success. After all, his parents chose a rather stately name for him–Calvin Harrison–that of two former U.S. Presidents. After graduation from McNairy County High School in Selmer in 1951, Dr. Bowers enrolled at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois; where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and psychology in 1955. While he was a student at Millikin University, he served as minister for congregations in Champaign, Decatur, and he also worked at Wagner Foundry at night to sponsor his education.
He went on to earn two Master of Arts degrees from Pepperdine University: one in religious education in 1960; the other in speech communication in 1972. In 1981, he earned a doctorate of education degree in Higher Education and Administration at the University of Southern California.
His ministry at the Figueroa Church of Christ is perennial, one that spans over 50 years. In fact, it was while Dr. Bowers was a graduate student at Pepperdine University, in 1957, that the late Brother R.N. Hogan invited him to become Minister of Education at the congregation. (Dr. Bowers began preaching when he was 14 years old.) He served as an associate minister of the congregation until 1995, when the elders appointed him as Figueroa’s minister.
Beyond the ministry, Dr. Bowers has numerous other professional and philanthropic involvements. From 1967-1969, Dr. Bowers took a two year leave from Figueroa to serve as the Academic Dean of Southwestern Christian College in Terrell
Texas under the administration of Dr. Jack Evans. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Dr. Bowers found a home with Pepperdine University and served in several capacities until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 2004. They include; Dean of Ethnic and Urban Studies (1969-1976), Director of Equal Opportunity, and Professor of Communication (1976-2004) and currently as Special Assistant to the President Dr. Andrew K. Benton.
Additionally, Dr. Bowers has served on numerous boards and has been involved in a variety of programs. He is the speaker for the Hour of Truth television program; teacher of classes for the residents of Figueroa Gardens and the Hogan Manor, apartment complexes associated with the Figueroa congregation; and chairperson of the board for the Los Angeles Bible College. He was a founding board member of the Normandie Christian Elementary School and chairman of the National Youth Conference for 46 years.
Recognizing that the history of African American congregations of the Churches of Christ in Los Angeles was one that demanded to be told, Dr. Bowers penned Realizing the California Dream in 1998. Beyond the book being a professional accomplishment, it resounded genuinely with readers, who appreciated the public recognition of family members’ contributions to area congregations. Dr. Bowers is the author of several literary pieces including serving as editor of the on-going publication of Blue Prints for Building a Better Lifestyle by 21st Century Publishing. His thesis have covered the Preaching of R.N. Hogan, the Leadership Development of 57 Negro (Black) Churches and finally his USC dissertation entitled the Hiring of Academic Administrators.
Dr. Bowers is a recipient of the Roy Wilkins Education Award from the Inglewood Branch of the NAACP. His hobbies are reading, self-development, researching black history, making friends, and doing those things in life that will allow one to be all one can be.
For over 47 years he was married to the former Mozell Trice, until her death in September 2004. They are the parents of Crystal Guy, Byron Bowers, and Lori Bailey. He has three grand-children, Taylor Guy, Madison and Reagan Bailey. He is now married to the former Barbara Hayes of Clinton, Oklahoma. She has two children and thirteen grand-children.
He is the founder of Fellow Workers, for despite his numerous achievements, Dr. Bowers still has a mission: to train 3000 people for the Lord.
Bro. Darrell Holt
Darrell Holt was born, May 31, 1956, to the parents of Jessie and Annie Holt in Greenville, MS. He received his early education in the Greenville Public School System, graduating from Greenville High School in 1974. He graduated Cum Laude from the School of Religious Studies in Little Rock, Arkansas in December 1980. Darrell Holt has been a member of the Church of Christ and a gospel preacher for the past 33 years. Evangelist Loyd Harris baptized him into Christ on February 3, 1978. He preached his first public sermon, two days later, on February 5, 1978.
He has enjoyed the work of some very fruitful ministries. Evangelistic outreach has carried him into many states, and foreign countries proclaiming the gospel of Christ. He has been a located minister in Mississippi, Tennessee, Michigan, and California. He is currently the pulpit minister and evangelism minister of the Figueroa Church of Christ in Los Angeles, California. He has spoken on Local, State, and National Lectureships throughout the brotherhood. He also conducts “Evangelism, and Christianity/Islam Seminars.”
He is married to “Mrs. Anita.” They have seven children. Darrell and Anita are enjoying the Christian life together. Through all the struggles and uphill battles, “THE LORD’S HELP” is their motto for living. He thanks God for giving him such a wonderful Christian woman.
He has participated in several public religious debates such as Adventism, Pentecostalism, Islamism etc., and many evangelistic campaigns. He has baptized several denominational preachers and three women preachers. He has been instrumental in establishing new churches. He is the author of many books such as, “Muhammad is Dead; Hush; The Holy Spirit is Talking; The Generational Curse; Christ, Cultures, Customs and Commands; Denominations: Unlucky Number Seven; The Great Battle of Men and Women for The Pulpit, Dismantling The Black Muslims, Foot Soldiers for Christ, In The House Revival, No More Family Secrets, and Who Is This Creature Called The Preacher?” He will soon publish “If Young People Knew What Old Folks Know,” dedicated to our youth, and “Everybody Talkin’ Bout Heaven Ain’t Going.”