Dr. Powers was affirmed by the Creek family on March 21, 2021, by a vote of 634-0, a unanimous affirmation that represents the largest recorded vote count in the church’s history. This vote comes after Pastor Mike was unanimously recommended by the 8-person Pastor Search Committee and the Pastoral Body of Richland Creek. Praise the Lord for the faithfulness and unity of the body of Christ!
As Vision and Preaching Pastor, Pastor Mike’s primary ministry will be the weekly teaching of the Word of God from the pulpit. He will also lead the church, and particularly the Pastoral Body, by giving guidance and wisdom in overall vision and purpose.
He is married to Candi, his wife of more than 15 years, and the biggest joys of their lives are their children: Lilly, 12; Zeke, 9, and Kate, 5. He has served Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte as a pastor for 15 years, first as student pastor, then discipleship pastor, and most recently as campus pastor of the church’s main campus on Harris Boulevard.
A North Carolina native, Dr. Powers received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
On Sat. Mar. 20th, Vision & Preaching Pastor candidate Dr. Mike Powers and his wife Candi joined Pastor Jason and members of the pastoral body for a "Meet the Candidate" Q&A session.
On Sun. Mar. 21st, Dr. Powers preached in view of a call in all morning services, including a special extra worship time at noon. Hear the sermon from Colossians1:15-20 entitled "The Supremacy of Christ."
When will Pastor Mike start?
We’re planning for his first Sunday filling the pulpit in his position to be April 25, 2021.
What is Pastor Mike’s preaching like?
He would describe his style as strongly biblical and expositional, centered on the Gospel. He will primarily preach through texts of Scripture, letting the shape of the biblical text drive the shape of his sermon. The central truths of the Gospel will be woven throughout the sermon, as they are throughout Scripture, rather than tacked onto the end of the sermon.
What changes will happen at the Creek as Pastor Mike steps into his role?
He is looking forward to being part of a Pastoral Body at Richland Creek who together lead and shepherd the body of Christ. He will certainly help lead our leaders, staff and congregation as we seek the Lord. But changes to programming, ministry structure and staff will be largely driven by our ongoing alignment process, which is led by the whole Pastoral Body, and not necessarily Pastor Mike’s direct decision-making.