A Transforming Church
Bishop Wilton Powell is married to Sister Olive a retired Nursing Manager by profession. They have two beautiful daughters Divinia and Marrielle who are both professional young ladies. Bishop Powell serves as the National Overseer for the Church of God of Prophecy in England, Wales and France. He is an accomplished preacher, teacher, mathematician, counsellor, advisor, strategic thinker and a well-read individual.
Bishop Powell currently serves as volunteer Board member and consultant for several Housing Associations and Community Projects, Midland Region Co-ordinator for the Jamaican Diaspora Movement and Executive Member of the Council of Black Led Churches.
Bishop Powell has in his ministry travelled to South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Bahamas, USA, France, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Cyprus, Greece, Jamaica to name a few. Bishop Powell is very much a people’s person and has a heart for missions.
Peter Wagner, in his excellent commentary on the book of Acts entitled, ‘The Acts of the Holy Spirit,’ speaks powerfully of a spiritually energised Church to transform lives, spiritually, socially and physically.
A man who was disabled from birth was strategically positioned economically at the beautiful gate of the temple, where worshippers would give him help by way of alms.
Emphasis of business depended on identifying those who would be helpful to him. The scripture outlined that he identified Peter and John with prospect of receiving alms. Peter and John discerned his need beyond the immediate economic circumstances; they asked him to look at them, to receive that which flowed from the authority they possess.
Peter and John were symbolic of the transformed church. The assertive authority they exerted reflected the divine transformation that had taken place since the day of Pentecost was prophetically established.
Jesus promised that the function of the Holy Spirit would be with us until the end of the world. Therefore, there must be a deep thirst within the ranks of the Church of God of Prophecy to posses an identity aligned with the Holy Spirit that is promised by Jesus.
The Holy Spirit gives our church purpose and identity and power to make a difference in our world and will effect change in society. As much as Peter and John held the hands of the lame man and helped him to stand, the Church must grasp the issue of a broken and fallen world.
A purpose driven church must be engaged for transformation in our society. We must have the confidence to believe that God has entrusted power in us to make a difference. We must seek to raise our self-esteem and be focused in our purpose of the great commission.
Jesus was highly focused as he declared. ‘the spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor, He has sent me to heal the broken hearted to preach deliverance to the captive and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.’ (St Luke 4:18, 19)
As we seek a new anointing to reach new territory and regions, the empowering and guiding of the Holy Spirit must be upper most in our minds.
Bishop Wilton R. Powell OBE