Tonya Powell becomes 1st female pastor at Greater Freewill Church of God in Christ

The Greater Freewill Church of God in Christ now has its first female pastor. Tonya Powell’s pastor installation ceremony was held Sunday in Gulfport.

Originally from Iowa, Pastor Tonya Powell has dedicated her life to serving others. The newly installed pastor has a strong background in nursing and also is the head of the catering ministry ‘I Love Soul Food’

For Powell, becoming the pastor of the church has been a long time coming and she never lost faith that it would happen. “All things are possible and it is the greater that’s in us than he who that is in the war. We can do all things through Christ that gives us the strength and so it’s definitely the strength of God and the joy of God and just believing in what God has says and standing on that and not to move off of what God has said to you.”

Pastor Powell is the mother of three children and grandmother to five grandchildren. She is also a pastor of the Take it by Force Ministry.

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