Bill Powell is the pastor of Village Christian Fellowship. He grew up in Newport News and graduated from Ferguson High School in 1971.
During his senior year Bill experienced a growing awareness of his own sinfulness and the reality of God’s holiness and judgment. One evening he began reading the Gospel of Matthew. Within a few days Bill was captured by the reality of Jesus Christ as a person and he experienced a new desire to follow His lead and continued reading through the gospels.
The Lord graciously brought an overwhelming sense of forgiveness, joy, hope and new purpose to Bill’s life. In the midst of all this, he repented to God and began to share these thoughts and faith in Christ with his girlfriend, Leslie, and with other high school friends as well. Leslie also began reading the Bible for the first time and soon responded to the Lord Jesus as well. They were married in 1975 and today have three grown sons.
Bill attended the University of Richmond and helped begin a campus ministry there in 1972. He graduated in 1975 and again in 1977 (Master of Arts in American History). In 1978, the campus ministry became Grace Covenant Church and Bill remained the pastor of that congregation until 1996. At that time Bill took an educational sabbatical and attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, from which he received a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div).
During this time of study, Bill was asked by long-time friend and then pastor of Village Church, Chuck Wynings, to help with teaching scripture. Bill and Leslie moved from Richmond back to Newport News and began attending Village. In 1999, Chuck asked Bill if he would consider becoming pastor. After a time of prayer and then dialogue with the church, Bill accepted that call.