Bishop Staccato Powell
Western Episcopal District

Bishop Staccato Powell



Born: October 30, 1959 - Hallsboro, North Carolina



A humble servant from Hallsboro, North Carolina who pastors the church known as Grace AME Zion Church defines the life and journey of Staccato Powell. At the tender age of 16, Staccato accepted God's calling on his life and delivered his first sermon. Soon after, he received his first assignment to pastor at 18. Staccato's testimony as a survivor fortifies his faith of the favor placed upon his life and ministry. Having more than 35 years of experience, evangelism, exposure and ecumenism, Staccato undeniably understands the desires and needs of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Since Staccato’s arrival in 2004 as pastor of Grace AME Zion in Raleigh, NC the congregation has faithfully grown from less than 50 regular attendees to well over 1,200. He leads the church with the mantra: “Let us not be like a church; let us be like Christ.” Grace has experienced the birth of the “new church” which stresses Christian fervor. In the “new church” you can come as you are, but you cannot stay as you are. It is a mindset and spirit that is pervasive throughout the body of believers. Staccato sees the “new church” as a way to revitalize the AME Zion Church through the reclamation of God’s original intent for the church. He envisions the future of Zion as a body of Christ encouraged to be transparent with their weaknesses and challenges while willing to sacrifice for God through service.

Staccato has exemplified his commitment to human service in various capacities. He was previously appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of America and as Deputy General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. He is also a former member of the National Board of the Interfaith Alliance, Balm in Gilead Religious Advisory Board, the National Conference of Community and Justice, and the World Methodist Council. He is currently a Central Committee member of the World Council of Churches as the AME Zion representative, as well as, an Adjunt Professor in the Doctorate of Ministry Program at Hood Theological Seminary.

Staccato has exemplified his commitment to human service in various capacities. He was previously appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of America and as Deputy General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. He is also a former member of the National Board of the Interfaith Alliance, Balm in Gilead Religious Advisory Board, the National Conference of Community and Justice, and the World Methodist Council. He is currently a Central Committee member of the World Council of Churches as the AME Zion representative, as well as, an Adjunt Professor in the Doctorate of Ministry Program at Hood Theological Seminary.

In 2010, Staccato served as coordinator for the historic Great Gathering of the AME Zion, AME and CME denominations held in Columbia, SC. The Gathering’s main focus was “the state and condition of the African-American male” known as The Male Investment Plan (MIP). Its purpose is to keep young African American males out of the prison system by facilitating Saturday Academies that edify educational, health, economic and spiritual enrichment to young men ages 5-25.

Prior to Grace AME Zion, Staccato held pastorates at Brown Chapel in Southport, NC Rehobeth in Clarkton, NC; St. John in Wilson, NC; and Washington Metropolitan in St. Louis, MO. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Master of Divinity degree from Duke University; and Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from North Carolina Central University. His most esteemed role is being the father of two children, Staccato Kiethan and Susan Elizabeth Nicole.




 

  • December 25, 2017
    Merry Christmas
    Galatians 4:4-5
    But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
  • January 1, 2018
    Happy New Year
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away, behold, all things are become new!
  • January 15, 2018
    Martin Luther King Jr Day
    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday for more information.
  • February 12-16, 2018
    Board of Bishops' and International Ministers & Lay Association Meeting
    Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel
    235 East Main Street
    Norfolk, VA
    Register by February 5, 2018!
  • February 14, 2018
    Ash Wednesday
    Ash Wednesday is always celebrated on a Wednesday seven weeks prior to Easter Sunday. For Christians, the day marks the first day of Lent and the starting of 6 weeks of fasting and penance.
  • February 14-March 29, 2018
    Lent
    Lent begins on Ash Wednesday each year and for Christians starts the 40 day period of fasting. The day represents the 40 days Jesus spend fasting in the wilderness.
  • February 14, 2018
    Valentine's Day
    We love because he first loved us 1 John 4:19
  • March 11, 2018
    Daylight Savings Time
    Spring forward - Turn your clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. local standard time (At 2 a.m. on March 11th, the clocks after they are moved forward an hour, will read 3 a.m. local daylight time).

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