Pastors Peter & Debbie Bosworth
Peter and Debbie Bosworth, because of their personal encounters with the life-changing power of God, bring to the ministry of Abundant Life Church a genuine desire to bring the message of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible. In April 1978, as a construction worker, Peter committed his life to following Jesus Christ. Having had a background of church affiliation as the son of a United Church of Christ pastor, Peter found that a personal relationship with God, the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son, was vastly different and more exciting than any "religious" experience of his past. After being baptized in water and the Holy Spirit I realized God has called me to preach the word. Peter attended and graduated from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, with a Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Ministry. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.
Debbie came to the Lord in 1977, six months before her mother died from cancer at the age of 35. Two weeks prior to dying, Debbie's mother asked her to get someone to pray with her to receive Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. With her mother's death, Debbie and her sister were left legally as orphans as her father had abandoned the family when they were young. The pastors of the church Debbie and her sister were attending stepped up and said we want these girls, and ended up adopting Debbie and her sister.
Debbie is a licensed minister and felt the call to ministry at the age of 16. Debbie attended Central Bible College where she and Peter met and were married June 5, 1981. Peter and Debbie have been in ministry for more than 33 years. They planted a church in Peoria, IL and were pastors there from 1984 - 1999 and have been the pastors of Abundant Life Church from February 2, 1999 to present.
Peter and Debbie have two beautiful daughters, Bethany and Sarah.
Bethany has her Master's Degree in Counseling from the Assembly of God Theological Seminary and currently works as a Medical Assistant in Dermatology.
Sarah graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Deaf Interpreting. Sarah married Alberto Bravo on August 2, 2013. They have three daughters, Luciana, Natalia and Cecilia. In September 2015 God turned Alberto's dream of owning and operating his own restaurant into a reality. Currently Alberto and Sarah own and operate five Mexican restaurants.
We are excited about all that God has planned for their futures, and we are thrilled that they live so close. God has truly blessed us with an amazing family.
From left to right: David, Bethany, Pastor Peter, Debbie, Alberto, Luciana, & Sarah
We are honored to be the pastors of this great church as together we labor with Him. We know the Lord places the lonely in families because that is what He has done for us! He has given us help for today and hope for tomorrow. Our hope is that the Lord will use us to change the world one life at a time.