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Thomas Lanier Lowery born January 12, 1929, in Eastman, Georgia, was one of six children with a family heritage steeped in the Pentecostal tradition. T.L. Lowery came to a saving knowledge of Christ on New Year’s Day 1943. By 1954, he has pastored four congregations; married his sweetheart, Mildred Woodard, and welcomed their son, Stephen Lanier, into their lives. While in Galax, Virginia, T.L. Lowery restless in his spirit, felt compelled to fulfill the mantle of full-time evangelism.

From 1954 through 1969 were years of divine appointments across the nation and around the globe for evangelist Lowery. Traveling with a tent that could accommodate 10,000 worshippers, T.L. Lowery followed God’s guidance with crusades in over 115 countries and every state in the U.S.A. The name T.L. Lowery was synonymous with spiritual power, fire-from-heaven sermons and miraculous healings. Summers included week after week of ministry at Church of God camp meetings. Testimonies from thousands whose lives have been forever changed – physically and spiritually – continue to characterize the anointed ministry of T.L. Lowery. In 1958, the evangelist and his family moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, and used the city as a home base for his worldwide evangelism.

Then in 1969, Dr. Lowery became the Senior Pastor of the historic North Cleveland Church of God (1969-1974), one of the oldest continuing Pentecostal churches in the world. He accepted this call of God and built the present sanctuary and the North Cleveland Towers, a senior citizens apartment complex. In 1981, God quickened his spirit and placed a burden on his heart for the nation’s capital – a church in Washington, D.C. During his pastorate in Washington (1981-1996), Lowery’s leadership placed the National Church of God on a trajectory that would catapult its influence in and around the nations’ capital guiding the congregation through numerous building programs, establishing community ministries, exponential growth, the construction of a 4,000-seat sanctuary, and the construction of 410 apartments for the elderly and median income families.

Dr. Lowery is known as a prominent denominational leader, serving 16 years on the Church of God International Executive Committee and 34 years on the International Executive Council. Over the years, he has devotedly served as a member of the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), and the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA). His civic involvement in United Way, Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce is exemplary. T.L. Lowery has authored two-dozen books, published inspirational magazines, and has been a contributing writer for numerous publications. While serving in Washington, he ministered within the National Security Council, Department of Transportation, Justice Department, Coast Guard, Pentagon and State Department.

During a lifetime of dedicated Christian service, his example of anointed ministry and leadership has inspired thousands of young ministers and influenced countless laypersons. The legacy of T.L. Lowery’s ministry will reveal his passion for evangelism, commitment to the power of the Holy Spirit, dedication to divine healing, and his apostolic ministry. His commitment to mentoring future leaders will contribute to the active preservation of apostolic ministry in the Church of God and the Pentecostal/Charismatic world.

At a time in his life when it could be said of his ministry, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, T.L. Lowery forges onward to an even higher calling. What the future holds for this apostolic statesman can only be anticipated with great and marvelous expectations.

T.L. Lowery’s ministry will continue to touch lives in the years to come. The vision will be perpetuated by the T.L. Lowery Foundation Center. The projected Foundation Center building in Cleveland, Tennessee, will house offices, a collection of resources on apostolic and prophetic ministry, an archival collection and display related to Dr. Lowery’s ministry, and a gathering place for those who will teach and study about apostolic ministry.

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