Our Pastor

Fondren Presbyterian Church (PC-USA), 3220 Old Canton Road, welcomed its new minister, the Reverend Doctor Robert William Lowry on Monday, January 30, 2017.

Dr. Lowry possesses all of the talents, gifts, and attributes the congregation told the Pastor Nominating Committee they would like to see in the next pastor. He was most recently the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Arkansas. Before that he has served as minister, interim minister, or associate minister in a number of Presbyterian churches in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan. Lowry received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and History from Millsaps College in 1993. Later he received a Master of Divinity degree from Austin (Texas) Presbyterian Theological Seminary; a Master of Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University (Chicago); and a Doctorate of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary (Atlanta). He was enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy program at King's College, University of Aberdeen (Scotland), having completed all of his course work but not his dissertation.

Dr. Lowry has received numerous grants, awards, and fellowships. He has done extensive continuing education work, served on a number of governing boards, taught at the University of the Ozarks (Clarksville, Arkansas) and Hendrix College (Conway, Arkansas), and has lectured and consulted extensively.

Dr. Lowry is enthusiastic about coming to Fondren, saying that he feels a strong call from God. He says, “I'm excited to be at Fondren, glad to be back in Jackson, and looking forward to working with the congregation to extend the mission of the church.” Fondren looks forward to an exciting future under Dr. Lowry’s leadership.