Meet our Pastor
Pastor Jeff Bower was born and raised in San Luis Obispo less than three miles from the Agape Church campus in a neighborhood nestled at the foot of Bishop’s Peak. A lifelong Central Coast native, Jeff grew to love the people and place of San Luis Obispo from a young age. The son of an aerospace engineer and a teacher, Jeff is a product of the local public schools and graduated with honors from Cal Poly.
Jeff’s teenage years were marked by his own rebellion. Seeking excitement and peer affirmation, he experimented with and ended up addicted to drugs. The double life of honors student, musician, and baseball player on one hand combined with drug use and broken relationships on the other brought self-hatred and pain to friends and family. At the age of 20, Jeff’s life was spared by divine intervention as a passenger in a treacherous high-speed car crash along the coast. Receiving undeserved grace in this tragic moment led Jeff to saving faith in Jesus Christ at Agape church.
Since then, Jeff has served at Agape church as a musician, worship leader, board member, and teaching pastor. Most recently in August of 2018, Jeff left a twelve year career as a technology entrepreneur to accept the call to serve Agape as lead pastor, becoming just the third lead pastor in the church’s 40 year history.
Jeff and his wife Michelle live with their three children in a Templeton farmhouse that has been in the Bower family for generations. Michelle is a gifted wife and mother and enjoys hosting home-cooked dinners for people from all walks of life. Aaron (13), Abigail (11), and Joshua (8), are students at local Christian schools and participate in a variety of recreational sports and musical activities. Jeff is also a private pilot and enjoys aviation, songwriting, baseball (as long as the Dodgers are winning), live music, ping-pong, and books.