Ps. Anthony Powell is the founding Pastor of Redeemed Life Church, launched on January 31st, 2016. Although a native to southern California, he spent the majority of his childhood traveling the world with his father’s active military status. He is a graduate of Chapman University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Theater/Dance with an emphasis on Media Performance. In 2015 he graduated from Azusa Pacific University receiving his Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Studies. Ps. Anthony is currently completing his doctorate degree at Azusa Pacific University while continuing to lead RLC. As a dynamic communicator of God’s word, he is celebrated for his sound biblical teaching that is infused with creativity, humor, and practical wisdom to point others to the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ.
Prior to his call to ministry Ps. Anthony worked in the entertainment industry as an award-winning actor, dancer, and theater producer. He was a founding member of the Son of Semele Theatre Ensemble (Silverlake, CA), Director of the Main Street Performing Arts Center (Canoga Park, CA), Senior Staff member of Millennium Dance Complex (Los Angeles, CA), Director of Firehouse Performing Arts Center (San Pedro, CA), and a resident dancer for Choreographer’s Carnival (Los Angeles, CA). This is a partial list of his professional credits that don’t include numerous TV show appearances, stage tours, and live shows. His love for the arts and the entertainment industry is a driving force in his life.
Ps. Anthony has worked in education as a professor of Hip-Hop, African, Jazz, and Commercial Dance at College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA) and Pierce College (Woodland Hills, CA) since 2003. As a life-long learner himself, he is committed to investing in the gifts of others as they pursue their God-given purpose in life.
Alongside his wife Ps. Bonnie Powell, Ps. Anthony served as an Associate Pastor at Oasis Church In Los Angeles, CA for 15 years. They were privileged to work alongside AMAZING pastors, Philip & Holly Wagner, who entrusted them with incredible ministry opportunities. For Ps. Anthony, this included building an accredited internship program, overseeing pastoral care, discipleship, men’s ministry, and being a part of the teaching team. Together they led the fastest growing Celebrate Recovery Ministry (CR) in Los Angeles county. God used CR to aid in him stepping out of the childhood abuse and addictive past, to walking into newfound freedom in Jesus. It was leading in this Christ-centered recovery program that served as a catalyst for him stepping into his calling as church planters with his wife Bonnie.
Ps. Anthony currently serves on the boards of Reach Up Reach Out, Thread CHurch, and is a part of the Communitas Cohort at Pepperdine University. He also served on the “Lamenting Racism” cohort research team in conjunction with Azusa Pacific University. Outside of ministry, Ps. Anthony loves to mentor, reach, laugh obnoxiously loud, scheme behind the scenes to bless others, and embarrass his 14-year-old triplets! YEP, YA HEARD RIGHT!!! Anthony, Alannah, And Leilani are proof to him that he is God’s undisputed favorite on the planet! It is because of his family that he can never doubt God’s redemptive power in his life.