John R. Bowman

Hendersonville, Tennessee

We had a wonderful time of revival in Shirley, Arkansas. I had the privilege of staying with Brother Ester Bass and his wife, Barbara. Two young men gave their heart to Jesus. 2 people filled with the Holy Ghost. 2 people confirmed, healed! The altars were filled every service. We had some wonderful singing as well.

I am so thankful to Pastor Bass and the congregation for the opportunity and support. God is so good and I’m looking forward to scheduling another revival this spring!!

Praise the Lord! What a wonderful time of revival at Walnut Grove Community Church in Clinton, Arkansas. We had a 4 night revival preaching 5 messages. God moved every time! Tuesday night, we had a man filled with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost! Wednesday Night, a young man, 11 years old, gave his heart to Jesus! Hallelujah! The altars were filled every night. I believe the Lord moved for many people.

Special thanks to Pastor Donnie Love, John Love Jr., John Love Sr., and Donald Maynard. AND, everyone from all the surrounding churches who came, supported, and worshipped in the revival. God is so good friends. I’m looking forward to coming back in the Spring.

Hello friends! Look what the Lord has done! I’ve had such a busy summer and beginning to fall. The Lord has moved in miraculous ways. I have preached in Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. Many people have come to the altars in all the services. 6 people have given their hearts to Jesus. Countless have come for prayer and healing. God is moving. I’m so thankful for all that he has done.

Thank you to everyone who sent condolences to my wife’s grandmother, Faye. We went to California to have her burial service there. Please continue to pray for Lily and Hyman.

Thanks also to everyone for their sympathy for my sister in law, Sonya and Jimmy Yeary, who suffered a tragedy in their family. Little Ayva Devora Yeary was stillborn on October 13th, 2014. We know the Lord has her in his hands and she is enjoying perfect peace. Please continue to pray for the Yeary family.

I am looking forward to the rest of the year and the start of next year. Please contact me through this website for preaching/singing appointments. It would be my pleasure to worship with you in your church! God bless.

Hi Everyone. I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how things are going with the new ministry endeavor. In a word, AMAZING!!!

Every church and/or singing, that I have been to, God has shown up. People are being saved, touched, healed, and renewed through the Power of the Spirit. I am so humbled that God could use me in even a small way, but very thankful.

The year is already scheduled in for the remainder of the year with the exception of a few weekends. Please feel free to contact me for scheduling. I’d love to come to sing and preach for you. Next year is already being scheduled with several exciting things going on, including a service in Floyd, VA with Jason Crabb and my favorite group, The Isaacs. Make your plans now for an unforgettable night of music and ministry.

I want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. I have been blown away by the outpouring of love from Missouri to North Carolina, Wisconsin to Mississippi. I am looking forward to what the future holds, because I know who holds my future! Amen? AMEN!!!

God bless and I’ll see you on the road!

Hi Friends. If you’ve not heard by now, I am leaving the Boxcars. Let me say what a joy it was to pick with such great people. My last date with the Boxcars will be in Wenatchee, WA on June 21st.

Of course, when God closes one door, He always opens another. I am going into full-time ministry. Over the past year and a half, the Lord has given me unique opportunities to sing and preach all over the country. I know I have been called to do a work for God and I am ready to do it!

I ask that all of you pray for the ministry. Over the past few days, I have been very blessed to have so many kind folks asking how they can get me to their church or function. Just email me at I will contact you as quickly as I can.

I am so excited at what God is doing and I look forward to coming to your area to minister. God bless and be with you.



Happy New Year everyone! 2013 was a break through year for me in so many ways. I pray it was for you. I couldn’t possibly explain it all to you. However, it is gone! It’s in the past. God has yours and my destiny just ahead of us. I am agreeing with you, as you read this, that 2014 will be the best year of your life thus far. I pray that you grow spiritually, emotionally, and financially this year. I pray you get closer to God than ever before. I’ll be praying for you, and I know you’ll be praying for me.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for prayer, appointments, etc… I would love to come and minister to you, your church, or community. God bless and be with you in 2014!!!!

I will have the Family Chain: A Tribute to Joe Isaacs Cd on sale through 12/15 for Christmas. Place your order today! Merry Christmas!

Friends, I wanted to tell you all about the wonderful revival we had at Slate Mountain. The Lord surely moved in a mighty way.

Sunday, I preached the morning and night service. I preached about the baptism of the Holy Ghost and being unified as a church during the revival. At the night service I preached about Cornelius and the promise given to the Gentiles as well. They not only heard the word, the accepted it! We had wonderful singing from the Comptons. Wow, they ministered! The Spirit of God was moving right off the bat.

Monday night, we had special singing from two young ladies, the Daltons, in the area. When I say young, I mean 10 and 12 years old! They were wonderful. They set the stage for another night of worship. Several people came to the altar to rededicate their lives to Jesus. God was just beginning to show these folks what HE was going to do!

Tuesday night, the Lord just showed off! I preached Lazarus and the rich man and heaven and hell. I felt the Holy Ghost move so sweetly during the service. Two people were saved at altar call, several rededicated, and healings had and were taking place. The pastor’s mother had a hip problem. We prayed and He answered. She testified the next day, “I’ve been running around the house like a 20 year old woman all day!”

The Spirit moved on me during altar call about someone who had contemplated suicide. She was the first to come to the altar! We rebuked that spirit in the name of Jesus. It had to leave!

Also, the music was great that night with Olin Garnder and his wonderful group. Junior Sisk, IBMA Male Vocalist of the YEar, sang too. He also got saved! Praise His name! The great banjo picker, Sammy Shelor, of the Lonesome River Band rededicated his life to the Lord. Things were going so well. We had to have another night! We had more news of healings of people that weren’t even at the church services, including one young lady who received healing of a hole in her eardrum!

Wednesday night was filled with more great music from Junior Sisk and Sammy. I preached about Job and taking back the things that the devil has stolen. The same Holy Ghost power came with great wonder. Two young ladies 10 and 12 were saved! Hallelujah!!!

It was hard to leave because God was doing such wonderful things. However, I had made a commitment to drive for the Isaacs that weekend. Nevertheless, more news of healing has been reported. One man with stage 4 cancer was completely healed! Jesus Christ is still in the healing business folks!

Thank you to all who attended and prayed for the revival, especially Pastor Jeff Dalton. You moved God and God moved us!!! I’m looking forward to the next revival at Slate Mountain. I have no doubt that God will show up. He always does!!! God bless you all.

God Still Performs Miracles



Hello friends. Any of you, who have read anything I’ve written, know that I am a Christian and I believe in miracles. A few weeks ago, God performed another miracle in my life that I must share with you.


Since moving to middle Tennessee last year, and I’m just being transparent, financially, things have been tight for me. I’m not complaining or poor mouthing. I knew and still know, that God is in control and He will provide. I sold all of my instruments, except for my fiddle that Jimmy Edmonds made for me, to pay my bills. So, as of a few weeks ago, I was playing a guitar that my good friend, Jimmy Edmonds, made and let me borrow. Now, don’t get me wrong. My wife has a couple of other guitars I could play, but I didn’t have one of my own.


We were scheduled to play in Bloomingdale, Georgia at Randy Wood’s guitar shop on the 17th of August. Keith Garrett and I rode down there together for the show. When I pulled into the parking lot at Randy’s, a man named Sam Skinner met me as I got out of my car. He said he had talked to me earlier in the year and he had something he wanted to show me.


We went inside Randy’s shop and he pulled out a beautiful guitar. He asked if I would play it. I was very excited to do so. It is made of curly Sapele wood. The top tight-grained is made of Sitka spruce. The comfortable and slim neck is made of mahogany. It is a beautiful instrument. Best of all, the guitar sounds like a vintage guitar. The tone is big and round, but clear. Overall, this guitar is a work of art.


As I sat there playing it, enjoying every note, Sam asked me if I liked it. Of course, I said, ”Yes! This is a great instrument.”


Sam smiled and said, “Good. It’s yours.”  I froze, because I didn’t know what he meant. I explained that I didn’t have the money to buy the guitar. He said, “I don’t want any money. I’m giving it to you.” I didn’t know whether to cry or jump for joy.


I said, “Sam, I don’t know what to say.”


He said, “You don’t have to say anything. Just play it and enjoy it.”


I have been waiting to write about this, because I wanted to say a special thanks to Sam and I wanted to brag on God. Folks, God is interested in your wants and your needs. I haven’t divulged what I’m going to tell you, not even my band mates. But a month or so before that day, I had considered leaving music again. My financial needs were worrying me. Any of you that know me, understand I don’t worry about much. However, when it comes to my family and their wellbeing, I will do whatever it takes to insure they’re taken care of. I asked God to direct me, not a sign. The Bible says a faithless generation seeks a sign. I’ve always tried to lean on His understanding, not my own. This is one of those times when God showed up with a sledgehammer! I’m supposed to be playing music. God knew I wanted a guitar of my own and he sent me one! Not a borrowed guitar, but my very own guitar was sent through Sam Skinner. Sam names the instruments he makes. Guess what the name of my instrument was? GRACE!!




Sam, I hope this explains my speechlessness the night you gave me this instrument. Sometimes, God overwhelms me. This was one of those times. I’m so thankful to you for what you’ve done for me. I know the Lord will reward you for following your heart. I pray that the people who read this will consider one of your instruments as their own.


I love people with heart. Sam has heart and it shows in his instruments. Please consider a Skinner guitar when you are thinking of a custom instrument. You won’t be disappointed. Every detail is attended to with special care. I am going to include Sam’s information at the end of this writing.


Thank you, Lord. You never cease to amaze me. You have all power. You know, when we don’t. I trust and recognize You for who You are. Jehovah Jireh!!!


Sam Skinner Guitars




Here’s a question for you:


Do you believe in miracles? I do, all different kinds. I think a miracle happened when I passed trigonometry as a senior in high school. I think a miracle occurred when my mom and dad didn’t go nuts, when I was learning to play the fiddle. I know a miracle happened when I got saved (my pastor said so). I believe a miracle happened when Doyle Lawson decided to hire a guy who had absolutely no experience, as a guitarist and tenor singer, to play in his band. I know a miracle occurred, when I met my wife. Another miracle happened, when she married me.


I’ve witnessed many miracles personally. The birth of my son and my daughter were nothing short of miracles. One night at the Stanfield Church of God, a dear preacher, who had suffered greatly during his life, couldn’t minister, because his vision had gotten so bad, he couldn’t read the Bible. He asked that believers would lay hands on him and pray. Many of us did. After our prayer, he asked that someone bring him a Bible with the smallest print, so he could read it. He knew God had touched him. Wouldn’t you know it? My Bible, that my friend, Shelton Feazell, had given me had tiny print in it. We handed it to Brother Larry Holcomb, and he read it without missing a word!


Once, during an Isaacs show in Lenoir City, North Carolina, a woman came asking for prayer. She was very thin, and her skin color, grey. The doctors had given her, not months, but weeks to live. She had cancer. I asked that those who really believed that God could do a miracle to pray. To those who didn’t believe, I asked them to stand silently and reverently. When the prayer was over, the woman told me she felt something. I hugged her wondering if I would ever see her again. Six months later, we were in the area again. This lady walked up to me and said, “Remember me?” Embarrassed, I said no. She said, “I am the woman you prayed for in Lenoir City. God healed me.” I was shocked. I couldn’t believe this was the same woman standing in front of me. She looked completely healthy. Then again, why was I shocked? I’ve seen God do it many times.


The reason I bring up all these instances is I have experienced several miracles, myself. A few years ago, I woke up with a nagging headache. I did the usual aspirin, Tylenol, and ibuprofen; nothing worked. The days turned into weeks. For three weeks I suffered with that aggravating headache. It was beginning to affect my personality. I was grumpy and tired. Becky wasn’t liking it too well either! On Wednesday we went to Church. I decided, when I walked through the door, I had to have some relief. I asked everyone to pray for me. As my Church family laid their hands on me, I felt a warm sensation run up the back of my head. Instantly, the headache left!!!


A few years earlier (this is where I’m going to lose some of you) I experienced another miracle. This happened just a few months before Becky and I were married. I had come in off the road with Alison Krauss. I was tired and didn’t feel like going to church. But, Becky insisted that I go to a revival that had been going on at the La Follette Church of God. A preacher was preaching on a subject that, quite frankly, I didn’t understand or was interested in: the baptism of the Holy Ghost. He talked about, when Jesus ascended back into Heaven, how He gave us a promise. Acts Chapter 1 says, “For John truly baptized with water: but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” He spoke about Acts Chapter 2 and the Upper Room experience. He explained it so well, but I began to think to myself, “That’s not for me.” Right at that moment, that preacher stretched his little bony finger, what seemed to be right at me, and said, “Don’t you doubt the Holy Ghost!” That got my attention. I listened intently the rest of the service. Now, you would think with the Spirit, moving the way it was in that service, that I would run to the altar. Nope! As soon as the altar call was made, I headed for the door. Just then, Becky grabbed my hand and said, “Let’s go pray.” We walked to the front of the church. There were many people praying and seeking God already. The preacher asked me if I had ever been filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking with other tongues. I said, “No.” He laid his hands on my forehead and began to pray. I was praying too. I have no other way to describe it other than to say God took over. People were dancing, shouting, and praising God. The Lord moved on me that night. I spoke in another tongue, as I had never done before. There were many others that were filled that night. Some gave interpretations. Mine experience was more like a prayer. There was no interpretation. The pastor of the church at that time thought it was important to make sure I understood what had happened. I knew, but I was grateful for the time he spent with Becky and I. I’ll never forget that night.


There are some people who would say that the experience I had wasn’t real. There are some who say that people cannot speak in other tongues, whether they are known or unknown. I say, bunk! If God could enable everyday human beings to speak with other tongues 2,000 years ago, He can do it today. And besides, isn’t this a miracle? Why is it so easy for people to believe in financial miracles? Healings? Wasn’t it God himself who said, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” If I remember correctly, this is when he told an 89 year old woman she was going to have a baby! Jesus raised people from the dead. No one who knows Him, as Savior, would deny those miracles happened.


Here’s what I think: I believe, when people don’t understand, it is easy to say it isn’t real. Those who have never experienced healing, have a hard time believing it. Some even go as far as to use the Bible to discredit miracles, saying that was only for the early Church. Again, I say, “Bunk!” I believe that God can do anything for His people. It is true that some falsely use these gifts from God for their own glory. God sees, and God knows.


There are many things that I don’t understand, but I want to. Remember the lady above who was healed in our service? Why did she get healed? I’ve seen some beautiful, faithful people suffer and die without their healing. I don’t know why they weren’t healed. But, I do know this: God is in control. God is on the Throne. I trust Him. I believe His Word. I will trust in it. There is no other way to Heaven. I am part of His Church. He blesses me every day. I thank Him for it. I thank Him for the gifts He gives. No, I don’t have all of them. I feel a lot like Paul, being the least among you. But, I am among you! I am a part. I praise God for it all.


I hope this is helpful to those of you who are looking for a deeper walk with God. We need to get closer to Him every day. I need and want to do more. I want ALL God has for me. Don’t you?

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