Atlanta, GA (April 20, 2016) Brother Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell, the Grand Chaplain of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and Pastor of Grace A.M.E. Zion in Raleigh. North Carolina is celebrating 40 phenomenal years in the Ministry and will be honored in a black tie dinner on Friday, April 22nd at the North Hills Renaissance Hotel at 6:00 p.m. in Raleigh.
Dr. Powell is such a dynamic orator and has been compared to the very likes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and he commands the Word of God with power, prowess and excellence that leaves everyone under the sound of his voice totally empowered and in awe of his anointed gifts. He has grown the membership of his church from 50 to more than 1200 since he took the helm of Grace in 2004. He is a tireless steward of community and 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 Adjunct Professor in the Doctorate of Ministry Program at Hood Theological Seminary.
In 2010, he 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.
He is a current candidate for Bishop and the General Election will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina in July. Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus stated, "Brother Powell is a total package of excellence in his leadership for the Fraternity and the world at large. His dynamic leadership in Omega is helping us to move the legacy of Omega progressively forward into the next Centennial and his power from the pulpit is matchless. We congratulate Brother Powell on this incredible milestone 40th Anniversary!"
Since its humble beginnings on the Howard University campus, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity continues to be on the front line, leveraging its power, influence and more than 100 years of commitment to the uplift of our people and our communities.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college.