Majors Charles and Paula Powell currently serve as the Area Commanders of The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham. Major Charles Powell was born in Durham, NC and then moved as an infant with his family to Huntington, West Virginia. His early years were spent in Huntington and then in 1974 the family moved to New Bern, North Carolina. He completed High School in New Bern, NC, attended East Carolina University. He graduated from Nazarene Bible College receiving a BA in Ethics and Leadership. In 1982 he felt the call of God to enter the ministry full time as an officer in The Salvation Army. He entered The Salvation Army College for Officers’ Training in Atlanta, Georgia and was ordained and commissioned as an officer in 1984 and appointed to Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Being a third generation Salvationist with officer parents and grandparents, Major Paula Powell has lived throughout the Southern Territory. After graduating from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky with a double major in Sociology and Social Welfare, she was employed as a social worker for 10 years before entering The Salvation Army School For Officers’ Training from Charlotte, North Carolina. She was commissioned as an officer in 1983 and held appointments in Baltimore, MD, London, England, and High Point, North Carolina.
In January of 1985, the Powells married and were appointed to command the Smithfield, North Carolina Corps. Together they served in corps appointments in North and South Carolina and Divisional Headquarters appointments in the Maryland and West Virginia Division and the North and South Carolina Division. In 2007 they served at The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters in Atlanta, Major Charles Powell as Territorial Legal Secretary and Major Paula Powell as Assistant Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries. In 2011 the Powells left Territorial Headquarters to serve as Divisional Leaders for the Maryland and West Virginia Division and then in 2015 were Divisional Leaders for the Georgia Division. Before being appointed to Birmingham the Powells again served at Territorial Headquarters, with Major Charles Powell serving as Legal Secretary and Major Paula Powell as the Territorial Director for Corrections Ministries. Major Powell enjoys golf, music (plays bass trombone), crafting custom made acoustical guitars, and fishing.
The Powells have three children living in Atlanta; Joshua and wife, Melissa, who are graduates of Asbury University and Liberty University with a Masters in Religion and Christian Education. Joshua is the Contemporary Music Specialist for The Salvation Army Southern Territory. Melissa is the Christian Education Director for The Salvation Army Georgia Division. Their youngest son, Charlie, works for The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters in the Supplies and Purchasing Dept. The Powells have three grandchildren who have captured their hearts, Benjamin, Olivia and Judah.