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COVID-19 Student Interviews - Bowen, Scott Andree

Deacon Experiences during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic


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Davis-Huie, Ian
Bowen, Andree Scott
2020-09-17 (issued)
Andree Bowen Scott has worked at Maple Springs United Methodist Church since 2017. He is currently on the Urban Food Policy Council and involved in Allen Joines' (Mayor of Winston-Salem) "Think Orange" campaign. Originally, from Morehead, North Carolina, Bowen went on to graduate from Wingate University with a B.A. in Religious Studies and the Carolina Graduate School of Theology where he received an M.A. in Biblical Studies in 2012. In this interivew, Bowen discusses the impact of COVID-19 on his work as the Director of Youth and food pantry head at Maple Springs United Methodist. As a result of the ongoing pandemic, he and the youth ministry were forced to cancel a number of mission trips while the food pantry began operating as a drive-thru service. Bowen discusses his work with the food pantry stating that before COVID_19, he would see about 100 families each week. After the pandemic hit, he saw a rise in the number of families coming out to receive food. Throughout the months, Bowen was unable to see the church youth in person, however, he made visits and scheduled virtual events to maintain a sense of normalcy for the group. He provides a great deal of insight into how the pandemic has affected the children he knows including their education and social lives. Bowen states that he tries his best to be a spiritual guide and mentor to the youth even from a distance. Toward the end of this wide-ranging discussion, Bowen delves into the things he wants to see in the future within the Winston-Salem community placing some emphasis on the local food desert. He also discusses his work with racial justice as a part of the food pantry and in the Winston-Salem community while also talking about the Black Lives Matter movement and its importance.
Oral histories
Special Collections and Archives
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Wake Forest University
Office of Civic and Community Engagement (RG22.6)
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