Cynthia & Tod Bowermaster
Our family has been a part of the Parkway UCC family for over 15 years! We moved to St. Louis from Honolulu, Hawaii in 1995, and at first lived in Clayton across from Forest Park. When it came time to buy a house and think about school districts, we headed west, settling in Kirkwood. Shortly thereafter, we began looking for a church. We were raised Presbyterian and Lutheran, and had belonged to a Lutheran church in Hawaii, but had always admired the UCC and what it stood for, especially in regards to social justice. The second church we visited was Parkway, and this was back when services were still held in the historic sanctuary (fall of 1998). We were immediately struck with how incredibly friendly everyone was, and loved Pastor John Nourse for his wonderful sermons, kindness and humility. It was also exciting to see that construction across the street was going to usher in a whole new era for this dynamic and growing church. We both felt that we had found our new church family, and it didn’t take us long to decide to join! It was so thrilling to be there for the first services in the new sanctuary. The next few years saw the addition to our lives of Kathryn and Ryan, who were both baptized by John Nourse, and we are so grateful that they continue to grow up in the nurturing warmth of Parkway. They both attended PUNS from “Mommy’s Day Out” through “K-Plus Adventures” with Barb Kuhlmann. One thing that has always struck us about this church is the large number of bright, capable, compassionate people, who serve as wonderful role models for our family. After Pastor Nourse retired, Tod had the privilege of serving on the search committee that chose Pastor Kevin, and we so appreciate all of his gifts and the example he, Carmen and their family set for the entire church. We joined the choir when our children were small and have watched them grow up from the vantage point of the choir loft! Voices of Grace grew out of Stephanie Polster and Cynthia’s wish for a Middle/High School choir for our teens to sing in. Three years later, what a treat and privilege it is to work with these young singers. We feel so fortunate to be a part of such a loving and committed church family!