Pastor Owens was born in Colp, Illinois on September 8, 1934, to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Junious & Essie Mae Owens. In 1935, this family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and 1940 placed the Owens’ in Madison, Illinois where Pastor Owens grew up with three brothers and five sisters.
At the age ten years old, he accepted JESUS as is Savior and became a very faithful member of the Southern Baptist Church.
During his Youth, he served as President of the Youth Department of the New Salem District Congress of Christian Education and President of the Youth Department of the The Baptist General State Congress of Christian Education.
His academic record after graduating as Top Honor Student in 1952 from the Dunbar High School includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Southern Illinois University of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in Chemistry and minors in Physics and Mathematics. Aside from attending SIU of Carbondale, he has done extensive graduate study at the University of Illinois, St. Louis University, Webster University, United Theological Seminary, The Interdenominational Theological Center of Atlanta, Georgia. The Concordia Seminary of St. Louis, Missouri. The Covenant Seminary of St. Louis and the Mid States University Doctoral Program. Through his studies, he has also earned a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Arts Degrees and has had the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree conferred upon him.
Pastor Owens was the FIRST BLACK to be hired as an “Undergraduate Chemist” by the Corn Products Re-fining Company of Argo, Illinois and later served as Chemistry/Physics and Mathematics Teacher in the Venice, Illinois public school and at the East St. Louis Center of SIUE.
Now, at the conclusion of his Junior year of undergraduate school on July 3, 1955, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Charlotte Ruth McCaskill – and in December of 1955, he accepted GOD’s calling him into the Gospel Ministry. He was licensed and later ordained at the Southern Baptist church in Madison, Illinois.
His first Pastoral assignment was at the Salem Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois in 1958, followed by the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Lebanon, Illinois, The First Corinthian Baptist Church, Lovejoy, Illinois, The Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Madison, Illinois and finally Macedonia Baptist Church, East St. Louis, Illinois.
Pastor and Sis. Owens parent two sons and one daughter. Of his two ministering sons, one is included in the number of Pastoring Sons in the Ministry.
Rev. Owens pastored Macedonia for a total of 47 years until his retirement in November 2013.
Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Norman E. Owens at 1335 E. Broadway with members of the Health Unit and Usher Ministries
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