Our Pastor

Pastor Cowan’s ultimate desire is to win souls to Christ and to lead into wholeness those who have been overcome by addictions, destructive relationships and poverty. 


Ministry - Robert Cowan is a pastor at heart, caring not only for the spiritual growth of the members, but also for their physical and mental well-being.  In 1990, four years after his first sermon, God’s calling came to fruition, Pastor Cowan was ordained to the gospel ministry at the Lighthouse Full Gospel Church in San Francisco, CA, pastored by Bishop Anthony Bomar.

In 1992, after a seven-year ministry apprenticeship under Dr. H.A. Williams, pastor of New Liberation Presbyterian Church,
 Pastor Cowan founded River Of Life.  Since its inception, Pastor Cowan has focused the River of Life family on the responsibility before God to personal growth and community outreach.  God has gifted Pastor Cowan to preach, teach, and minister to diverse ages and backgrounds.

Education & Career- A San Francisco native, Pastor Cowan graduated from Lowell High School in 1983.  After a tour in the U. S. Air Force, where he served as a jet engine mechanic at Travis A.F.B., Robert resumed the pursuit of his education, first at San Francisco City College, then at Golden Gate University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting in 1992.  Compelled to save lives, he served over eleven years as a San Francisco Firefighter.  While doing this life-saving work, he attended law school and in May of 2001, received a Juris Doctorate degree from Hastings School of Law in San Francisco. 

Since that time, Pastor Cowan has maintained a small law practice, and currently provides legal counsel for those dealing with the death of a loved-one - Probate Law.

Family - On December 28, 1991, Pastor Cowan found a "good thing" and a blessing from the Lord, in his bride, April Cowan.  As a powerful praying woman with a multitude of natural and spiritual gifts, Sis April stands beside Pastor Cowan, helping to fulfill the Pastor's vision for the ministry.  Pastor Cowan and Sister April are the proud parents of DeAndre, Ashley, Vanessa, and Robert III, each of whom are active in the ministry. 

God’s plan for this shepherd, Robert Cowan, continues to unfold.  To God be the Glory!