The Midwest Conference is a network of Brethren in Christ congregations located in Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
As part of the BIC U.S., we facilitate church planting, hiring and supporting local pastors, and developing ministry initiatives within the Midwest Conference.
Meet Bishop Ron Bowell
Ron has been serving as bishop of the Midwest Conference since 2020.
Born on a farm near Abilene, Kansas, Ron grew to love music early in life and played professionally with rock groups for 17 years. Following his conversion to the Christian faith, his family began attending the Zion BIC Church. Following a call into ministry, he served as pastor at Zion for 14 years. In 1998, he and his wife Kerry moved to Salina, Kansas, where they planted CrossRoads Church. In the course of their 22 years there, they ministered to those struggling with addictions and helped daughter several new church plants in the area.
Ron has served the denomination in several ways, both as a member of General Conference Board for 12 years and as a member of the Commission of Ministry and Doctrine for 5 years. He also served on the Midwest Conference Board of Directors and the Midwest Church Planting Team for many years. He is the author of five books and hosts the CrossRoads Radio Show in Salina which discusses spiritual truth and application found in the lyrics of classic rock songs.
Ron and his wife Kerry live in Salina, Kansas and have been married for over 50 years. They have five adult children, and fifteen grandchildren.
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