Our Founders

Our Founders

Reflections on the Blessed Life of Elder Robert Fowler, Jr.
August 11, 1933 - March 26, 1993

Devoted husband, nurturing father, supportive brother, anointed preacher, compassionate pastor, tireless advocate, skills executive and victorious son of God.

"My duty is to speak; I have no wish to be an accomplice."

In 1898, in a time when men were being treated unjustly, Emile Zola, a French novelist, wrote these words to the President of France.

Thirty-five years later, on August 11, 1933, thousands of miles away, a child was born to Robert and Gertrude Fowler, who would grow up to be a great man of God with an anointing to speak up on behalf of the oppressed. That child was Robert Fowler, Jr. Courageous enough to speak up, he was never a silent accomplice to the unfair treatment of others. Seemingly fearless in the face of great opposition and defeat, Elder Fowler persistently and aggressively left no stone unturned in his quest to encourage people and improve the quality of their life, both spiritually and naturally. He thrived on challenges that came his way.

Psalm 46 remained a source of comfort and consolation throughout his life. He could relate to David when he said, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."

In moments of crisis Elder Fowler loved to throw his head back and sing with emphasis: "You can depend on God."

Elder Fowler was converted to Christ through the ministry of Bishop Daniel (Dad) Bostick. At the age of twenty-five, he left 23rd & Delmar Church of God In Christ to found Cass Temple Church of God In Christ. From there, he went on to found Tabernacle Church of God In Christ, where he labored until his death. Elder Fowler was a good pastor. Kind, compassionate and unflagging, many souls were saved through his ministry. In fact, several members went on to become pastors here in St. Louis, as well as in other parts of the country.
Elder Fowler had a vision of a church that one day would include a day care center, a senior citizens home, a food program, a literacy program, and a homeless shelter. God called him home before that vision could be made a complete reality, yet the strides he made in that direction provide a strong foundation for the future realization of that vision. Like Solomon, perhaps the mantle will fall on Elder Fowler's sons to complete their father's vision.

After meeting his future wife, Marie Walker at a ten revival, Elder Fowler married her on January 21, 1956. Out of that marriage, seven children were born: Beverly Renee, Darryl Keith, Cheryl Denise (Reynolds), Reginald, Pamela Jean, Michael Jerome and Lisa Marie, all of St. Louis. Together, they are a tight-knit family, known for their obvious love for each other.

Elder Fowler was a man of many achievements. While it would be impossible to list them all, here are a few:

He served the Eastern Missouri First Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ in many capacities including Pastor, Assistant Superintendent of Central District #1, Assistant Superintendent of Central District #4, member of the Ordination Board, Parliamentarian and Chairman of the Board of Elders. He served the Church of God in Christ on a national level as member of the Constitutional Committee and Chairman of the St. Louis All Saints University Rally. In the community, he worked with the NAACP, the Sickle Cell Disease Association, the Lions Club and the Registered Apartment Managers. He was employed by the Saint Louis Housing Authority as a facility manager. Elder Fowler was educated in the St. Louis Public School System and completed his education at Stowe College, St. Louis University, Eden Seminary and Christian Bible College. He served honorably in the United States Army.
Few people knew about Elder Fowler's love of athletics. A foot inquiry prevented him from going on to a career in professional baseball.

On Friday, March 26, 1993 at approximately 6:30a.m., Elder Robert Fowler, Jr. was summoned from his earthly labor to a glorious heavenly reward.

As the French writer, Voltaire, said, "I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies..." This could have been said of Elder Fowler's last earthly moments.

Elder Fowler would want us to remember: you can depend on God.

Reflections on the Blessed Life of District Missionary Marie Fowler

October 7, 1936 - March 31, 2006

Mother ~ Missionary ~ Counselor

Mother Marie Fowler was born in Coy, Arkansas to the union of Mr. & Mrs. Wellington Walker. She is the eldest of seven children. She was saved in 1956 at the Williams Temple Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop Columbus Williams.
In January of 1956, Mother Fowler was united in “Holy” matrimony to the late Pastor Robert Fowler, Jr. Together they founded the Cass Temple Church of God in Christ, presently known as Tabernacle Memorial Church of God in Christ. To their union seven children were born – namely, Missionary Beverly R. Fowler, Evangelist Cheryl D. Reynolds (Elder J. Reynolds), Elder Darryl K. Fowler, Reginald Fowler, Missionary Pamela J. Fowler, Pastor Michael J. Fowler, and Missionary Lisa M. Fowler. Mother Fowler was a loving and faithful helpmate to her husband for 37 beautiful years until his homegoing in 1993.

Many great leaders have been birthed through the ministry of Pastor and Mother Fowler. Mother Fowler has housed several pastors, evangelists, and missionaries in her home during revivals sponsored by her husband. Mother Fowler affirms that her personal ministries method is that of "encouraging the saints" and presenting the Word of God as a simple Gospel.

Mother Fowler is an educator of "good things" by divine calling to women of all ages. In 1961, she became a member of the State Ministers’ Wives & Widows Council under the leadership of the late Mother Ogreta Hayden, and later served as Treasurer under the leadership of Mother Theresa Bolden. She later served the Women’s Department as Chairperson of Public Relations & Chairperson of the Steering Committee. She was chosen to be a committee member of the 1st Women’s Convention of the Eastern Missouri Jurisdiction. Mother Fowler also served as Assistant District Missionary of the J.C. Campbell District for 19 years.

Before the Lord called her from earth to reward, Mother Fowler served as District Missionary of the Gus Martin District and had been appointed as Third Assistant Supervisor of the Eastern Missouri Jurisdiction under the leadership of Mother Theresa Bolden. She was also Chairperson of the Women’s Department at Tabernacle Memorial Church of God in Christ under the pastorate of her son, Pastor Michael J. Fowler.