Consecrated the 5th Bishop of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia on October 26th, 1996, Bishop Powell is a native of Oregon. Prior to his election he served on diocesan staffs of the Dioceses of Oregon and North Carolina. In addition, he had previously served in parish ministry at two churches in Oregon. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary and the Governing Board for the College of Preachers. He is a member of the National Storytellers' Association and an Associate of the Society of St. John the Evangelist.