Chris Gowen was born in Ohio, but grew up in middle Tennessee. At the age of 14 he, along with his older brother and twin sister, were saved while attending a revival meeting in July 1971. At the age of 19, Chris began preaching. He is married to Patty Gowen and they have 4 children, and 5 grandchildren. Chris graduated from Loretto High School. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Alabama, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Middle Tennessee State University. Chris also has a Bachelor of Ministry degree from Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, Georgia. He has been pastor for the following churches: Barnesville Baptist, Liberty Hill Baptist, Lakeview Baptist, Meadowview Baptist (serving as interim), Park Grove Baptist, Zion Baptist and currently Swan Creek Baptist.