The Venerable Bruce Bower serves as Archdeacon for The Diocese of West Missouri. In that role he leads, supports and mentors members of the Community of Deacons across our diocese. The Archdeacon promotes the diaconate to congregations and attempts to identify and counsel parishioners who may feel called to the ministry of the vocational deacon. While frequently travelling and worshipping with the Bishop as she makes her Sunday visitations across the diocese, Ven. Bruce’s home church is St. Andrew’s in Kansas City where he was assigned to serve after being ordained as a vocational deacon in 2014. The Archdeacon has long served as an appointed member of the Commission on Ministry, chairs the International Outreach Grant Committee, and meets monthly with the Bishop’s Episcopal Ministry Support Team.
Prior to his graduation from Bishop Kemper Schoof for Ministry, Bruce earned BS and MS degrees in Engineering and Mathematics at Michigan State University. After working as a Structural Engineer (primarily overseas) for eight years, he founded and managed a successful financial consulting and investment management firm in which he spent the bulk of his secular career. Since retiring from the business world, Ven. Bruce finds satisfaction and fulfillment through reading, woodworking and spending time with his family.