James O. Bower, Jr.

Agent Jim Bower, Jr. has been in the insurance business for more than 25 years. He began at age 18, working as an agent throughout his college years. As Jim’s business grew and while he and his wife raised their family, he advanced into sales management.

Today, as agency principal, Jim heads up a successful agency that finds its reward through dedicated service to churches and other ministry organizations. Besides his role as a church insurance expert, Jim also views his role as a coach and mentor for his agency staff, to whom he is quick to give credit as the prime source of the agency’s success.

Jim and his wife Karen have five children and six grandchildren. They are active in their children’s youth programs and the Christian school that several of their children attend. Jim is an outdoorsman at heart and loves to hunt and fish.

Phone: 800.326.7200 or 717.763.5668

Louis Shakkour

Agent Louis Shakkour began his insurance career when he joined American Church Group of New York in 2010. Louis is a 2009 business marketing graduate of Liberty University. He minored in enterprise data analysis.

Louis was born and raised in Jerusalem and is an Arab Israeli Christian. He is a gifted athlete and has worked in ministry, coaching basketball in the Czech Republic for two summers and, through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, leading sports mission trips to Israel during his college years.

Fluent in three languages, Louis interprets sermons from English to Arabic at a church plant ministering to Arab refugees in Buffalo. He also co-leads a basketball ministry for adults and works with youth in Getzville, New York, where he makes his home.

Phone: 800.326.7200 or 585.880.1374

John Powley

Agent John Powley joined American Church Group of New York in 2014 after working as a youth consultant at Word of Life Fellowship for nearly 10 years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Cedarville University in 1994.

John enjoys hiking, biking, working with youth, and going on new adventures with his family. He and his wife have served in various ministry volunteer and leadership roles for more than 19 years, including as volunteer youth leaders at their home church, camp staff, and full time youth consultants at Word of Life Fellowship. John has also served as a church board member, member of pulpit search committees, and as search committee president.

John says, “My passion is helping ministry organizations evaluate their current programs and objectives and identifying strategies for achieving their goals more effectively. Having served as a camp staff member, church volunteer, church leader, and parent of a child enrolled in a Christian school, I understand and have experienced the unique needs and challenges faced by our customers.”

Phone: 800.326.7200 or 518.424.3747

James Nguyen

James Nguyen joined American Church Group of New York in 2015 after using his gifts for organization and leadership at New Penn Motor Express Trucking Company for nearly 10 years.

James enjoys drawing and has even created his own series of comic books. He also helps coach baseball and t-ball for his two sons. James and his family are very active in their church. In addition to currently serving as a member of the Leadership Team, James has also taught a marriage class for his church’s Christian Education hour, organized several events for the Men’s Ministry, helped with the Youth Ministry, and taught a class for elementary school students.”

James says, “I came from a secular work environment so I did not experience God much outside of my home and church. I am looking forward to being exposed to the many different ways God is working in our communities as I bring insurance solutions to local churches and related ministries.”

Phone: 800.326.7200 or 315.414.8631

Andrew Bosworth

Andrew Bosworth has been an agent for James O Bower Insurance since 2009. Andrew considers himself blessed to have been raised in a Christian home where he experienced God’s saving grace from a young age.  With a life-long involvement in the church, prior professional background in design and construction, and a client list of nearly 200 Christian ministries, Andrew offers a unique perspective into the insurance needs facing today’s churches and ministries.  He is licensed in PA, NY, DE, MD, VA, WV and OH.  As a husband and father of three, Andrew enjoys serving in the church, spending time with his family, watching sports and being outdoors.

Phone: 800.326.7200 or 724.495.9525

Brandon Bower

Agent Brandon Bower is an employee of James O. Bower Insurance, Inc., and he also represents American Church Group of New York. Brandon began his career in the insurance business after earning his business marketing degree from Liberty University in 2006. During his first year in the business, Brandon was honored as the top rookie agent by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company & has consistently been in the top ten annual producers for the company nationally since his first year honor.

Brandon his wife Stefani, and their three children live in Central PA and enjoy serving their church and community in a number of ways. A previous missions trip to Haiti has instilled a passion for the country and both Brandon and his wife would like to return one day. Working with kids specifically in the area of sports is something Brandon has done in the past and would like to continue his service in this area in the future.

Like his dad, Jim Bower, Jr., Brandon enjoys outdoor hunting and shooting activities. Brandon also enjoys traveling with his wife and family.  Mountain and Road biking are activities he likes to do when time allows. Having three children in a 26 months period  (no twins) has kept Brandon and his wife busy over the last three years. Brandon says, “I look forward to what the Lord has in store for my family as we grow and change. A big part of my daily life is serving ministries each day, I am thankful for the relationships I have built and look forward to helping the next ministry with their insurance needs.”

Phone: 800.326.7200 or 717.763.5668

Corbin Bower

Agent Corbin Bower joined James O. Bower Insurance in the summer 2014. He also represents American Church Group of New York. Corbin graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a degree in Communications and minor in Business Administration.

Corbin enjoys archery hunting and trout fishing and spends a lot of time outdoors. He also enjoys watching Penn State football and is a Phillies and Eagles sports enthusiast. Corbin helps coach the boy’s middle school basketball team at Harrisburg Christian School and attends Living Water Community Church.

Phone: 800.326.7200 or 717.712.6931

Tim Buffington

Agent Tim Buffington is an employee of James O. Bower Insurance, Inc., and he also represents American Church Group of New York. He began his career in church insurance in 1999 as a loss control and risk management specialist for Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. In 2001, he shifted gears and moved to the agency side of the business. Tim has been among the agency’s highest performing agents. His dedication to the churches and ministries he serves has earned him recognition as a camp and ministry insurance expert.

Tim is a gifted vocal soloist and a praise team member in his church where he has served as deacon and church council president. Tim and his wife Kelly have six children and four grandchildren.

Phone: 800.326.7200 or 717.763.5668

Mark Swartz

Agent Mark Swartz joined the James O. Bower Insurance agency in 2014 after working 34 years as a manager for a large construction firm.

Mark resides in central Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters, he is an active member of his church leading the Men’s Fraternity program along with teaching adult Sunday school.  Previous ministry experiences have include working as a commander in the AWANA children’s ministry for 10 years, teaching a young married couples Sunday school class, and foreign mission trips to construct buildings and camps for missionaries.

His hobbies include many outdoor activities such as hunting, skiing and road cycling.

“I look forward to building relationships with ministry leaders as well as being able to meet their goals of having a successful ministry.”

Phone: 800.326.7200 or 717.612.0472