In July 2016 at the Fiftieth General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Staccato Powell was elected the One Hundred and Second Bishop in the line of succession in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AMEZ). As the prefect of his episcopal class, Powell was the first Bishop elected from Eastern North Carolina since the venerable James Walker Hood in1872.
As the Presiding Prelate of the Western Episcopal District, Bishop Powell’s episcopal leadership spans the Alaska, California, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon-Washington and Southwest Rocky Mountain conferences. With more than 40 years of experience in evangelism, ecumenism, and ecclesial growth, Bishop Staccato Powell, undeniably understands the desires and needs of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Bishop Powell hails from Hallsboro, North Carolina where he accepted the call to ministry at age 16. Soon after, at age 18, he received his first assignment to pastor. Bishop pastored in several churches in his native North Carolina with his last pastorate at Grace AME Zion in Raleigh. Bishop Powell also served as pastor in a congregation in St. Louis, MO and became the fourth pastor in succession to be elevated to Episcopacy.
In February 2020, Bishop Powell was elevated to President of the Board of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church with oversight of the 1.4 million member denomination on six continents. The four priorities of Bishop Powell’s presidency are Evangelistic Expansion, Ecumenical Effectiveness, Environmental Engagement and Economic Equity.