Clarence Bowman has made a profound impact on my ministry. Rev. Bowman sent us on a work and Witness to California in 1975: an experience I will never forget. I sat under his teaching in the Old Testament class, his humility and counsel had been so valuable. I can remember when I asked him to come to my second assignment in Detroit, how he advised the board to stand by the pastor and many other comments that encouraged me early in my ministry. Rev. Clarence Bowman has been a tremendous influence on my ministry that I will never forget.
-- Bob Hunter, Detroit Grace
Words cannot express how I feel at the news of Rev. (Prof.) Clarence Bowman's passing. He was truly a friend, mentor and brother to me personally in the Lord. My prayers are with the family at this time.
-- Rev. Sam Peterson
Clarence Bowman was a committed courageous leader, advancing the cause of full participation of people of African descent in the Church of the Nazarene. Through his preaching, teaching, and quiet, Godly style, he was an example of embrace and inclusion for people of all cultures. He will be remembered a one of several early African American leaders, who opened doors for others and helped the Church of the Nazarene reflect the diversity of American culture.
-- Tom Nees
We have an amazingly rich heritage that has been graciously endowed to us by our God, who orchestrates His plans with perfect precision through people that answer His call to serve. The Church of God has been enriched by Dr. Clarence Bowman's fervent passion of obedience to the Great Commission. He modeled servant leadership and championed the cause of those who struggled in their pursuit to serve in the Church.
-- Elmer Gillett
Clarence Bowman, to me, was a man after God's own heart. In his humbled way, he portrayed Jesus Christ from the first day I met him in Institute West Virginia, to the last day I saw him in retirement in Bloomington, Illinois. Heaven is rejoicing, because a giant in Christendom has come home.
-- Charles Johnson
I remember Clarence Bowman being one of the significant persons in the first ever Black Churchman’s conference, and I join with others in honoring him as one of the great Black Leaders in the Church of the Nazarene. My prayers are with his survivors!
-- Aaron Blache
At the last few National Black Nazarene Conferences that Dr. Clarence Bowman was able to attend, I had the distinct privilege of visiting with him over breakfast. He would order oatmeal, with a little milk, bananas and brown sugar. I loved being with Dr. Bowman. When he talked, I sensed his humility and servant-leadership heart. On the outside, he looked like a grandfather, but his eyes bounced like youth on a trampoline. I always left those breakfasts energized. I will miss Dr. Bowman...my friend.
-- Warren W. Rogers III
The few times I have met Clarence Bowman he exuded a quiet spirit of humility, confidence, and a sense of a connection with God that must be envied. He had long retired from active ministry, but one could know for sure that he was a man of God who had spent a lifetime of selfless service to God and humanity. May his influence on the Church of the Nazarene in general, and the Black Nazarenes in particular, continue to bring forth fruit even in his absence. Blessings to his family!
-- Oliver R. Phillips