Is the son of the late Deacon Johnnie C. Owens, a retired school principal and Margaret H. Owens, a retired educator who resides in Savannah, Georgia. Owens received a B.A. in Business Administration from Morehouse College of Atlanta, Georgia in 1975. He holds two Master’s Degrees: a master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center of Atlanta, Georgia (1978) and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy from the California Family Studies Center in North Hollywood, California (1987).
Upon completion of seminary, he was ordained into the work of the Gospel ministry at the Antioch Baptist Church North of Atlanta, Georgia in December 1977 by Dr. Cameron Madison Alexander, a former president of the Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia.
Throughout his 21 year ministry as a Chaplain to the U.S. Army, he held various pastor positions. Career highlights include serving as the Director of the Chaplain Family Life Center at Schoefield Barracks and Fort Shafter Hawaii during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Following promotion to the rank of Lt. Colonel in August 1993, he became the Deputy Post Chaplain for Fort Sill Oklahoma. In this capacity, he was responsible for supervising the professional training of 37 Chaplains and the religious programs for a military community of 42,000 soldiers, families, retirees and Department of Defense civilians.
Retiring from active duty on March 31, 1999, Reverend Owens transitioned to civilian life and has serves as the highly regarded Senior Pastor of the Greenview First Baptist Church of Columbia, South Carolina since August 8, 1999. Since then he has facilitated a sense of stability, promoted unity and created a positive church wide atmosphere, which enabled next level new beginnings in Christ to occur.
He is married to the former Sandra Denise Riley of Savannah , Georgia, who is currently a National Board Certified Teacher in the Richland 2 School District. They have one son, Jaron C. Owens who is currently enrolled at Clemson University.