In the past, Gary has worked over many years as a zookeeper with numerous spectacular animals and within conservation projects, both in the UK and overseas. Along with serving within Christian ministry as a Parish Worker, a street Evangelist for a City Mission, and as an Ordained Minister. He also has Dyslexia and Aspergers Syndrome. As a young boy and throughout his adult life, he has found academia a constant struggle and he has had to work really hard to ‘fit in with his peers and colleagues. As a boy, this led to him to acting as the class clown, as that was the one way that he had discovered that he could hide his failings academically and whereby his peers would be convinced that he was just a joker and not that he was actually struggling to understand what he was supposed to be doing! This behaviour often led to him being punished by his teachers and in time being caned. So to avoid the pressure of school he would frequently play truant until he was eventually excluded from school altogether!
As a young adult, his struggles developed into him, regularly being considered as a hothead or a maverick! At times when things became too much for him, he would have regular emotional meltdowns and try to run as far away from any problems!
In 2013 whilst studying theology in preparation for ordination into the Church he was diagnosed with Dyslexia and only recently (2021) he was also formally diagnosed with having Autism – Asperger’s Syndrome. Having gone undiagnosed for the best part of his life so far has led him to making some very poor life choices along the way! Now, however, since having his full diagnosis, he is for the first time ever, beginning to understand why certain things in his life have been so difficult for him!
Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid!Albert Einstein – Autism spectrum disorder & Dyslexic
And Gary has written a book about his life, his struggles and his joys. One of the best biographies I have ever read, this book will encourage you in your walk with Christ, or if you do not have a faith, then to step out and trust Jesus. Gary’s writings offer hope through his walk with Jesus, and who he encourages you to follow. His book takes you through various stages of his life and fun with animals, and he wisely links each step with various passages from the Bible.
Please visit Gary Bowers, From the Zoo to the Pulpit, for more information and to buy this book.
This is my sincere hope for us all, that we might find time within our busy schedules to rest upon the wings of eagles and to soar to new heights as we continue to grow in the peace and love of Christ. And, that you may also, from time to time, pause to listen to God’s animals, to learn from them, to seek ways to protect them, as they, in turn, teach you ways to protect yourself – that you like me, will have a call to nature!Gary Bowers
‘Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.’ (A.A. Milne)
In the love of Jesus