Dr. Bouder graduated from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1961. He served at churches in Milton, PA and Lancaster, PA, before accepting a call to First Baptist in January 1977. Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary bestowed upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1983.
During his time with First Baptist, church membership increased substantially, giving to missions skyrocketed, the Nursery School was started, and both the Cambanes addition and Funk wing were constructed.
In 1996, Dr. Bouder retired as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church after twenty years of ministry. Dr. Bouder continues to be active in retirement. He recently completed a long term as interim Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, Allentown. He also serves as a supply pastor in American Baptist Churches. A group of retired men of the church was organized by him for both breakfast and service. Dr. Bouder continues to be deeply involved with activities of the First Baptist Nursery School.