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Pastor visits former Cynthiana Presbyterian minister in Ohio

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By The Staff

To the editor:

  During the recent Fourth of July weekend, as the nation celebrated Independence Day, my wife and I were compelled to visit Rev. Larry Bowald and his family in their new town of residence - Canfield, Ohio. We could not think of a better way to spend such a festive occasion than with a family that is so dear to the Cynthiana community and us.

I am sure that everyone who resides in Cynthiana remembers Rev. Larry Bowald. He was the pastor of Cynthiana Presbyterian Church for nine years, a member of the Harrison County Ministerial Association, the Harrison County Branch of the Nation Advancement of Colored People, the Cynthiana Rotary Club and active in other civic organizations and community events.

He affectionately loved to be called, “Larry” and inspired “unity in our community” whenever possible.

During the last summer, Reverend Bowald and family relocated to Canfield, Ohio after he accepted the offer of Pastorate at the Canfield Presbyterian Church.

I am happy to share the news that the Bowald family is fairing well in their new surroundings. Larry is enjoying his position of senior pastor of Canfield Presbyterian Church. His wife, Shirley Bowald, is currently working full time as a Vocational Counselor in Youngstown, Ohio. Isaac Bowald (13 years old) and Dylan Bowald (12 years old) are attending Canfield Middle School. 

Larry is still a community activist. Along with fulfilling the duties and mandates of the senior pastor of Canfield Presbyterian Church, he is a member of the Canfield Ministerial Association and the Canfield Rotary Club. He assisted with the fire works display at the Canfield Fair Grounds during the Fourth of July celebration.

Larry’s new parish, Canfield Presbyterian Church, is a historical landmark. The church congregation first assembled in 1804. The sanctuary was erected in 1904. The church has a membership of 500 with an average Sunday morning attendance of 150.

Showering those who visit in hospitality, the membership is encouraged to never allow a first-time visitor sit alone. As we attended the Sunday morning worship service, a couple sat with my wife and I and really made us feel at home. There is also a fellowship time after every Sunday morning service where refreshments are served.

Committed to outreach ministry, the congregation has an enormous food pantry that feeds 200 people every month. Once a month, a worship service is held where people can come hear a good message, receive a hot meal and a supply of food to take home. Inspired by Larry, the membership is currently setting up a tutorial program with Canfield Middle School.

When I informed Larry that I would write about my visit with him and his family, he said, “Make sure you tell the people of Cynthiana that I miss them and I have fond memories of Cynthiana.”

Reverend Antonio Q.. Stuckey, Pastor

Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church