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Lowell grew up in a Christian family on a farm outside of McIntosh, Minnesota. Even as a child he felt God nudging him towards foreign mission work. Although his high school offered no foreign language opportunities, he had an interest in learning Spanish. After graduating from high school he attended one year of Bible School and one year of seminary in Fergus Falls. At the suggestion of Rev. Harland Helland, he attended college in Billings, Montana. It was there that he met his wife, Paula, who also had an interest in mission work in Latin America.
In preparing for future work they took an intensive course of Spanish study in Mexico. Lowell and Paula served with the World Mission Prayer League in Ecuador for 20 years. Lowell taught at Interamerican Bilingual School, an institution of about 1,200 students, worked with theological education, and helped plant two churches. Some of his notable experiences include developing cross-cultural friendships, sharing the Scriptures, camping at 13,000 feet, taking vacations at the beach, eating "motepillo," and coping with amoeba attacks. After a long and arduous process the Bilingual School was turned over to Ecuadorians and Lowell and Paula felt that it was time to return to the U. S.
The Quams came to Fergus Falls so their three daughters could attend Hillcrest (their son graduated from high school their last year in Ecuador). Additionally, Lowell had a desire to complete his seminary training. Having taught English in Ecuador, he thought it would be interesting to teach Spanish in the U.S. While still in seminary, he was asked by President Brue to come and teach Spanish at Hillcrest. After all his travels and experiences around the world, Lowell considers it a privilege to teach and share his faith with students from the U.S. and so many other countries, all in one place.
A significant verse in Lowell's life is Psalm 103:6, "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."
Lowell and his family still have a heart for missions and serving others here and abroad. His wife, Paula, volunteers as a friend and teacher to Somali immigrants who live nearby. Their son Paul, his wife Linnea and their 4 children, and Lowell's youngest daughter Lois live in Washington. Lynda and her husband Preston live in Colorado, and Luisa teaches in Ecuador.
Lowell and Paula worship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Brethren Church. Lowell enjoys walking, cross-country skiing, biking, remodeling his house, trying ethnic foods, and fishing.