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Pastor Sowards
Our Pastor's Bio

Chris Sowards: Wife Vonda of over thirty years, three daughters and two son n laws.

Pastor Sowards was born in Charleston WV in 1961. Spent his first nine years in Fayetteville WV where his father and mother pastored the Beckwith Apostolic Church. In 1969 Rev BJ Sowards received the call to come to Charleston WV.  He and his wife Barbara and their two daughters and son were elected as the new pastor of the Open Door Apostolic Church.

Pastor Chris Sowards grew up in the youth group of Open Door being actively involved in the outreach and the music dept... Upon graduating school, he immediately began a career in the banking industry working eleven years in various positions. He left the banking business and entering the chemical and construction trades until accepting a full time position for the church.  He began assisting his father in 1991.   Chris was serving as an assistant and music director when the untimely death of his father happened in January of 1996. It was then that he was elected as senior pastor of Open Door Apostolic in March of 1996.

Pastor Sowards is an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal Church Int. He has served as sectional secretary, as the WV District Youth President, Mens Ministry Director, served several years on the Finance Audit and Budget committee, and as the Foreign Missions Director.

Pastor Sowards and the ministry team of Open Door Apostolic have a collective vision of taking the Gospel to the Whole World. They have taken many trips around the world to evangelize the lost. Nine trips to India with over twenty thousand souls filled with the Holy Ghost, Two trips to Europe with many lives changed.  They have taken crusade teams to Grand Cayman and various cities and communities in America to help facilitate Revival where ever they go. Through pastor Sowards leadership and vision Open Door supports over forty missionary families around the world.

Their goal is to get the Apostolic Message to the eyes and ears of as many people as possible. Preaching every service live of the internet and preaching twice a week on The CW Channel six via cable and local programming which has a viewing audience of over 500,000.  His passion is to see their city and region Born Again of the Water and the Spirit.  

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