Family Background
Pastor Robert L. McGowens, Sr., is married to the former Terry S. King McGowens and to this union they have 5 children and 17 grand-children.  

Pastor McGowens saw the need to pursue religious training by studying at Morris College School of Religion-Greenville Extension and Columbia Bible Institute-Spartanburg Extension, and further studied at Anderson University, Anderson, South Carolina.  He then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and philosophy, cum laude, from Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina and a Masters of Divinity degree from Shaw University Divinity School.  In addition, he has received a Doctor Ministry Degree from Covington Theological Seminary, Roswell, Georgia, and has completed the pastoral care training at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC. 

Ministerial Background
Dr. Robert L. McGowens, Sr. is a senior pastor at Greater Galilee Baptist Church of Charlotte, North Carolina and Winston Salem, North Carolina.  McGowens acknowledged his call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1981 and licensed at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina.  Ordained by the Enoree River Baptist Association.  In July 2005, Pastor McGowens was called to the Greater Galilee Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina and in February 2010, Greater Galilee Winston Salem, North Carolina was established.  Pior to that, he served as a pastor for Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Winston Salem, NC from 1994-2005, Salem Baptist Church, Anderson, SC from 1984-1994, and Athens Baptist Church, Travelers Rest, SC from 1981-1984. 

Present Affiliations

Pastor McGowens is a respected member of the following organizations:

  • National Baptist Congress and Conventions U. S. A., Inc
  • Progressive National Baptist Convention U. S. A., Inc.
  • Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention
  • General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.
  • Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc.
  • United Missionary Baptist Association Inc. (UMBA)
  • Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem & Vicinity
  • Baptist Ministers Fellowship of Greenville & Vicinity
  • Charlotte Minister's Conference
  • High Point Educational and Missionary Baptist Association, Inc.

In addition, he is a Lott Carey Executive Board Member, 3rd degree Prince Hall Mason, and serves on the Wadsworth Estate Foundation Committee and as Past Chairman of the General Baptist State Convention Evangelism Ministry and Late Night Team and also the Past 2nd Vice Moderator of United Missionary Baptist Association.  Pastor McGowens is well known and highly respected for his dedication and exemplary leadership, and credits his success to passion, faith, and hard work, qualities he exercises in all of his endeavors.  He has received a number of honors including being inducted into Alpha Chi National Honor Society, recognition as Man of the Year by Jack and Jill of America, The Man of the Year Religion Award from the Charlotte Queen City Chapter of National Women of Achievement Inc., special recognition from the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention for leadership in missions education and evangelism.  He has received Honorary Doctor of Theology Degree from the North Carolina School of Theology and the St. Thomas Christian College of Jacksonville, Florida for leadership in the areas of education, evangelism, and missions.  Inducted into the Who's Who Among Professional and Executives of America, Who's Who Black Leaders of Charlotte and the Princeton Global Registry for his demonstration in Academic, Professional and Personal Excellence.  Lead the Salem Missionary Baptist Church into a building project and also Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Winston Salem into a 1.5 million dollar building fund campaign for a 3.5 million dollar building project.  Visionary for the MLK, Jr. Celebration which is the largest celebration commemorating Dr. King's Birthday in Charlotte, North Charlotte. 

Is a published author of Marriage and Family Relationship books entitled "The Real Flava of Luv", "The Dating Game" and "Love and Marriage", "Heaven at Home", and "Family Matters". A Stewardship booklet entitled "Recognizing the Owner."   Despite a naturally altruistic position, Dr. McGowens further impacts the community through his involvement with several charitable and cultural organizations.  Dr. McGowens has been featured in both the National Baptist Convention, Inc. and the National Baptist of America and several state conventions and associations. 

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