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CHARLESTON, S.C.,(Apr. 21)--Chaplain Edwin J. Rowan III, pastor of First Baptist Church of Timmonsville, will deliver the sermon at The Citadel's baccalaureate service at 7:30 p.m. May 11, in Summerall Chapel.

     Prior to becoming pastor at First Baptist Church in 1986, Rowan served 25 years in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of colonel. Ordained as a Southern Baptist pastor in December 1954, Rowan began his service with the U.S. Army in September 1961 during the Berlin Crisis. His oversees assignments included service with the 8th Infantry Division in Bad Kreuznach, Germany; 3rd Armored Squadron 17th Air Cavalry in DiAn, Vietnam; and 34th Engineer Battalion in Bien Hoa, Vietnam.

     His stateside tours included assignments as a basic training command chaplain at Fort Benning, Ga.; hospital chaplain at Fort Polk, La.; stockade chaplain at Fort Lewis, Wa.; administrative chaplain for U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Ga.; chaplain for the Corps Support Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.; chaplain executive officer for XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C.; and post chaplain for the Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

     Rowan's military awards include: the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

     Rowan holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Furman University. His advanced degrees include a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a master of science degree in psychoanalytic counseling from Long Island University.

     For additional information, please contact 953-5049.


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