visionary • leader • author • philanthropist
Victor L. Powell serves as Presiding Bishop of Rhema Word Cathedral, a thriving congregation in southeast Dougherty County. The Chicago native completed a nine-year stint in the U. S. Marine Corps but has also been active in ministry for well over thirty years. Powell has been in his present pastorate for twenty-five years. He is a pastor to pastors and is locally, nationally and internationally recognized and respected. He earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from Moriah Institute of Biblical Studies and also received an honorary doctorate in biblical studies from Midwest Theological Institute of Indiana. Over the past two decades, he has traveled and done missionary work in or sent missionaries to four continents and to Central America, going to places such as Belize, Guatemala, Ghana, Cameroon, Japan, England and New Zealand to name just some. Powell has served on various boards and committees such as, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Albany Georgia’s Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors, Stop the Violence Project co-chair, and Lily Pad of Albany – a children’s advocacy agency. At the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Albany, Powell received the service award for his hard work and diligence as a world citizen. Additionally, in honor of the service Bishop Powell has rendered to the community at large as well as to his church, the U. S. Congress, at the request of Representative Sanford Bishop, declared April 3, 2011 as Victor L. Powell Day. He has also been twice honored by the mayor's office. Consecrated to the bishopric in October 2002, Powell is a member of the College of Bishops for the International Charismatic Communion of Churches, led by Bishop Kirby Clements, archbishop. Also, he is the father of three adult children.