Bishop Staccato Powell to Lead the 1.4 Million Member African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

February 10, 2020

Presidential Appointment to Board of Bishops Covers Oversight of Church Membership on Six Continents

Bishop Staccato Powell, Presiding Prelate of the Western Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AME Zion) will be elevated to the President of the Board of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Zion) during its Annual Winter Board of Bishops Meeting.

WHAT/WHO: AME Zion will host its Annual Winter Board of Bishops Meeting evaluation ceremony this week. Religious leaders, parishioners, special guests and AME Zion Bishops from across the United States as well as from Central Southern, Western and Eastern West Africa will be in attendance.

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:00 am

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel
2101 Richardson Arrington Jr. Blvd
Birmingham, Alabama

BACKGROUND: Bishop Staccato Powell, the Presiding Prelate of the Western Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AME Zion) has episcopal leadership over the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado and Arizona. As the new President of the AME Zion Board of Bishops, he will have the added responsibility of being the titular head of the 12 member Board of Bishops which provides oversight and definitive direction for the global AME Zion Church.

During the 2016 50th quadrennial session of the AME Zion General Conference, Powell was elected the first of his episcopal class. Those who have been exposed to Bishop Powell’s dynamic pastoral leadership, attended his riveting revivals and participated in his instructional forums, seminars and workshops, over the years have experienced the “Staccato Effect.” The “Staccato Effect” came about because of the Bishop’s clear, crisp, compelling and concrete directional teachings about confronting and conquering life challenges.

As President of the Board of Bishops, Staccato Powell will continue his work and expand its impact throughout the length and breadth of the 1.4 million member AME Zion Church. He has identified four principle priorities to aggressively propel the church forward during his Presidency. These priorities are Evangelistic Expansion by purposefully planting churches, producing disciples, practicing Christian principles and participating in perpetual prayer; Ecumenical Effectiveness by enhancing collaborative efforts among other communions and denominations; Environmental Engagement by raising awareness of the responsibility for being custodians of God’s creation restoring ecological balance; and Economic Equity by proactively building generational wealth for individuals, institutions, and communities.

With more than 40 years of experience in evangelism, ecumenism, and ecclesial growth, Powell’s ecumenical reach spans several organizations. He serves on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and as Vice Moderator of the WCC 11th Assembly Planning Committee to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany in 2021. Bishop Powell has attended each World Council Assembly since 1991 including conferences in Canberra, Australia; Harare, Zimbabwe; Porto Alegre, Brazil, and Busan, Republic of South Korea.

Bishop Staccato Powell hails from Hallsboro, North Carolina where he was reared on the farm and in a God-fearing family. He attended public schools and is a graduate of University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC), North Carolina Central University School of Law, and Duke University Divinity School. Powell, who is an inductee of the Morehouse Board of Preachers and recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Livingstone College, is the proud father of two adult children who are also following career paths in the AME Zion Church. Staccato Keithan is a recent Doctorate of Ministry graduate from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and serves as Pastor of Fisher Chapel AME Zion Church in Phoenix, Arizona.  Susan Elizabeth Nicole Powell has a Master degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently serving as the Missionary Supervisor for the Western Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and as a Safe House Advocate for the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County in Pennsylvania.