Meet the Pastor

Charles Fowler

Charles Fowler became senior pastor of Germantown Baptist Church in 2010. He served for sixteen years at Union University in various capacities including Senior Vice President for University Relations, Executive Director of the Union University Foundation, LLC, and Professor of Christian Ministries and Education.

While at Union, he also served as interim pastor in more than a dozen churches throughout the Mid-South. Many of the churches were going through challenging transitions in leadership. God, in His grace, poured Himself through Dr. Fowler to promote healing and growth in these hurting churches. Dr. Fowler recognizes that the strengthening of these churches during his tenure is further evidence of the goodness and faithfulness of God.

"...I cannot imagine living as a faithful Christian without active mission involvement."

In his various pastoral ministries, he has assisted many churches in developing a mission strategy to equip and mobilize more people to become more involved as volunteer and career missionaries. Dr. Fowler led his very first person to Christ on a mission trip and says today, "Those experiences galvanized my love for missions. I cannot imagine living as a faithful Christian without active mission involvement." He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Mission Board.

Dr. Fowler is originally from Corinth, MS. He is a graduate of Union University, Mississippi State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Fowler was called into ministry while in high school and has spent his life following God's call. Charles and his wife Sandra have two daughters, Anna and Sarah.

Pastor Charles’ Reading List

  1. Sanctuary: Finding Moments of Refuge in the Presence of God by David Jeremiah

  2. Rees Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb

  3. The Ultimate Conversation: Talking with God Through Prayer by Charles F. Stanley

  4. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller

  5. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It) by Robert D. Lupton

  6. The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matter by Albert Mohler

  7. Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time? by Joel C. Rosenberg

  8. 10 Who Changed the World by Daniel L. Akin

  9. What He Must Be: If He Wants to Marry My Daughter by Voddie Baucham, Jr.

  10. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

  11. Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan (with Mark Beuving)

  12. Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

  13. Creature of the Word: The Jesus-Centered Church by Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, Josh Patterson

  14. Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free by Tullian Tchividjian

  15. What Every Christian Ought to Know: Essential Truths for Growing Your Faith by Adrian Rogers

  16. God Loves You: He Always Has–He Always Will by David Jeremiah