Pastor Bill moved to Tennessee 20 years ago, but grew up a Georgia boy. He came to know Christ during his sophomore year at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. His wife Becky is the love of his life. Together, they have three kids - Katie (a Nurse Practitioner) is married to Jim (a 4th year Dental School student); Kara (a UT grad student in Education); and Matthew (an energetic 6th grader). Pastor Bill enjoys his family, watching sports, doing home projects, and fitting in golf and hunting when he can. The Gowders began their fruitful ministry at First Baptist Church in February 2012 and appreciate the loving support of the sweet church family.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."
- Jeremiah 29:11