Former West Bay resident Mark Owens is a man on a mission.
Mr. Owens and his wife Rachel recently returned from a trip to Nairobi in Kenya where they were undertaking missionary work at two churches in the country.
Mr. Owens and his wife spent time in Nairobi and Mombassa, teaching and preaching as part of his bid to become a professor of theology.
The couple was working alongside doctors and nurses from the South Eastern Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina, US where Mark and Rachel currently reside.
It was the third missionary trip for 29-year-old Mr. Owens.
‘We were doing some evangelical work in Nairobi and out on the coast at Mombassa,’ he said.
‘It was a very interesting and busy time, but we did find time to go on a safari while we were there and we saw lions, elephants and giraffes in the wild, which is always a marvellous experience.
‘It was my third trip out there and my wife Rachel has also been to South Africa before.
‘We did and saw a lot of things, but it was the work that we did that gave me the most fulfilment.
‘I was primarily responsible for teaching in a local church. We were teaching the Bible. That always gives me a lot of satisfaction.
‘We were at Kahawa West Baptist Church in Nairobi before going out to Mombassa for our second week where we encouraged and supported the missionary at the church out there. Her name is Alison Stokes and she comes from Charlotte in North Carolina.
‘I would say religion is more diverse in Kenya than it is back home in George Town.
‘Church attendance is just as big, but out in Kenya it is more of a Muslim area and that is one of the reasons we are undertaking missionary work there.
‘The church has a missionary in Glasgow in Scotland and I hope to study at St. Andrews or Edinburgh in Scotland en route to my goal, which is to become a professor of theology.’
Mr. Owens is a 1994 graduate of the Cayman Island High School, having obtained seven O level passes and two A levels.
He has a bachelor’s degree in education and social studies from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in divinity from South Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mr. Owens is the only Caymanian to have attended such a seminary.
He hopes to graduate in December with a master’s degree in theology before pursuing his PhD in theology.
Mr. Owens is the son of the late Crawford Owens and Mrs. Darlene Owens-Elliott.