Rev. John Powers
Rev. John Powers was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where his family were long time members of Arlington United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Florida State University and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma from the Urban Theology Unit of Sheffield, England.
After seminary, Powers served Nebraska Avenue United Methodist Church of Tampa for five years. He then served five years as Director of Miami Urban Ministries. While there, he was the first recipient of the Religious Leader of the Year award given by the Haitian Refugee Center of South Florida. He served the next ten years at First United Methodist of Hobe Sound. He served the next ten years at First United Methodist Church of Oviedo before coming to the Gulf central District in 2008.
Powers served as chair of the Florida Advisory Board of the National Farm workers Ministry. He served as chair of the Immigration Refugee and Asylum Committee of Church World Service. He served as chair of the Policy Board of Florida IMPACT.
John is married to Sharon (Bunting). Sharon has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Florida State University and has worked as a social worker, a counselor and a preschool teacher. They have two adult sons, Mark and Steven.