Posted by: Luther Rice College & Seminary | July 7, 2014

2014 Alumnus of the Year Award

Rev. Tom Powell, Senior Pastor TomPowellAlumnus_2014 (800x600)

Living Grace Ministries

Tacoma, Washington

The 2014 Luther Rice Alumnus of the Year award was presented to Rev. Tom Powell on May 16during the Annual Graduation Banquet. Almost 600 people attended the banquet held at First Baptist Church, Snellville, Georgia. The graduates and their families enjoyed a delicious meal and student testimonials during the evening’s festivities.

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Powell received Christ in 1975 while serving in the U.S. Army in Korea. After finishing his military service in 1977, he relocated to attend a Bible college in Massachusetts. While at that school, he participated in a youth revival that saw many teenagers called to full-time ministry.

In 1981, Powell, his family, and ten others left New England to establish a church in Tacoma, Washington. Over 30 years later, that pioneering work has grown into Living Grace Ministries. The church serves the spiritual and physical needs of Tacoma and the surrounding area with many community and multicultural outreaches and partnerships.

The church actively supports local and international missions, operates a food bank, offers a free sports program for children, serves weekly meals at a rescue mission, holds weekly services at a nursing home, and performs various other charitable works.

Powell received his Bachelor of Theological Studies degree from Maryland Bible College and Seminary, his Master of Theological Studies degree from Northwest Baptist Seminary, and his Master of Divinity degree from Luther Rice Seminary. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Luther Rice.

Powell exemplifies the Christian outreach Luther Rice graduates and students are having all around the world. His local and international ministries are demonstrating God’s love and salvation for innumerable people—hurting people that long for true hope only found in Christ. He is one of over 7,000 Luther Rice graduates sharing the gospel with a world in need.


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