Health and Rehab has volunteer chaplin

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 7, 2005

In October of 2004, local Pastor Frank Lowery became the first volunteer Chaplin for the Luverne Health and Rehab. Lowery, who has been conducting a monthly service for the residents, over the past year offered his services to the facility after retiring from a Prattville church in September, 2004.

Administrator, Julie Richburg, welcomed the offer and acknowledged there is a real need for a pastor in the facility. "We are delighted to offer this service to our residents," said Richburg.

"People in nursing homes need a pastor just like anybody else," said Lowery. Lowery, who has always ministered to nursing homed, prisons, and youth facilities, is also in the process of starting a jail ministry in Luverne.

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He co-founded the Faith Rescue Mission, in Montgomery in 1962, with Calvin Gray, and founded a Bible Baptist Church in Selma and on in Tennessee. While pastor of River Mount Baptist Church in Tennessee, he also served as the school's Headmaster, After his first retirement, he returned to Florida and ministered to a youth facility and prison near his home.

Lowery and his wife, the former Helen West of Luverne, renewed their 50 year friendship in 2002, and decided to marry in 2003. Both had spouses that had passed away in recent years. The Lowery's have just returned from a cruise, and have also done other extensive travel recently. They now reside in Luverne.