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It was at Central Church of the Nazarene that two defining events occurred. One, he met and married Leslie Crisco and two, was allowed to lead this largely white congregation located in predominantly Hispanic community to transition to a totally Hispanic congregation. When asked to identify the high points in his life and ministry Pastor Rick enthusiastically points to these two events.
He is married to Leslie Joyce Cowley and together they have three children. Dacia Kaser, Matthew Cowley, and Bryan Cain, along with four wonderful grandchildren. Pastor Rick is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.A. Degree in Theology, attended Asbury Seminary and was Ordained in June, 1977 in The Wesleyan Church. In April 2011 those Ordination credentials were transferred to The Church of the Nazarene. He is currently "on loan" to CrossBridge Church, a non-denominational church.
Senior Pastor - Rick Cowley
Richard (Rick) Cowley is the founding pastor of CrossBridge Church. When a group of passionate Christ followers approached Pastor Rick in October 2012 and asked him to consider planting a new church in Madeira Beach he joyfully accepted the challenge , believing that this was the will and purpose of God.
Prior to founding CrossBridge Church Pastor Rick served as Senior Pastor at Oakland Hill Wesleyan Church (1975-1979) in Lafayette, IN, Largo Wesleyan Church (1979-1989) Largo, FL, Park Place Wesleyan (first as a Staff Pastor then Senior Pastor 1989-2002) Pinellas Park, FL, and Sedona Christ Center Wesleyan Church (2002-2007), Sedona, AZ. After a season of personal tragedy changed his life and ministry, Pastor Rick returned to Florida to pastor Central Church of the Nazarene (2009-2011), Clearwater, FL.