Sardis Asssociation 3 years. Secretary of the General Bap¬
tist Association of Mississippi 2 years. Moderator of the
same body 3 years. Theological Lecturer for the Negro
of Mississippi under the joint appointment of the white
and Negro Baptist of the State 1 year. President of the
Baptist State Convention of Mississippi 2 years. Vice-
president of the Foreign Mission Conuention, U. S. A. 1
year. General Missionary of the State of Mississippi 1
year. At this writing he is Homiletical Editor of the
PREACHER and TEACHER, Kosciusko, Miss. He has
written several tracts and pamphlets on important sub¬
ject. As a preacher he is eloquent, logical and always
holds his audience from start to finish. He preaches not
only to the literate of a congregation but to the illiterate
as well. Not only to the saints of a congregation but to
the sinners as well. Dr. Bowen is a natural orator and a
deep thinker. The Baptist of Mississippi have honored
Dr. Bowen for his real merit.
REV. WILLIS BRADLEY.
The subject of this sketch, Rev. Willis Bradley, was
born at Rollingfork, Issaquena county, Miss., November
18th, 1857. His parents were Williams and Ann Bradley.
They died when he was but an infant, thus leaving young
Bradley, to some extent, to ferret out his own way through
life. He moved to Vicksburg when 14 years of age and in
.1**1 he moved to Warrenton, Miss., where he has resided
till the present. Rev. Bradley was a genius in the school
room and so regarded by the teachers and class-mates.
He was converted December 18,1879 and joined a Baptist
church which was afterwards named Mt. Pilgrim Baptist
church. After the ordination of Rev. Bradley in 1882, he
was called to the pastoral charge of this church. Since
which time the Kansas imigration squandered all the
members of said church saving eighteen. But under the
wise management of Rev. Bradley the church has been
built up in every sense of the word, and today has one
hundred seventy-five members and an edifice which
is a credit to any denomination as a house of worship.
He is also pastor of the Hopewell Baptist church, Warren¬
ton, Miss., and at this place is also an edifice which is very