Fr. Barnabas (Charles) Powell is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Having been raised in a small Pentecostal church as a boy, Barnabas grew to love the church, enjoy the music, and eventually came to be the youth pastor of his home church.
Barnabas attended Toccoa Falls College, an Evangelical Protestant school in Northeast Georgia, and received his theology degree there in 1988. He then went on to establish a new church in the Atlanta area. While pastoring, Barnabas also was heavily involved with Evangelical Christian media.
A reading program in Church History and Theology would eventually lead him to enter the Orthodox Church, along with several of the families that had been with him during his pastorate in November of 2001.
In 2007 Barnabas was given the blessing of Metropolitan ALEXIOS of Atlanta to enter Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA.
On November 8th 2009, Barnabas was ordained to the diaconate in his hometown of Atlanta, GA at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios and on Sunday March 8, 2010, Barnabas was ordained to the holy priesthood at the same cathedral. He is now the proistamenos (senior pastor) of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, GA.
Fr. Barnabas founded Faith Encouraged Ministries in 2014 and is the host of Faith Encouraged LIVE on Ancient Faith Radio. He also produces the Monday thru Friday Devotional called Faith Encouraged Daily. “A Journey to Fullness” is a video project he has released through the ministry to help parishes introduce the Faith to the average person.
Fr. Barnabas is particularly motivated by the beauty and timelessness of our Orthodox Christian faith and strives to see this timeless faith put down deep roots here in America. The Orthodox Christian faith is uniquely suited to quench the spiritual thirst of Americans from all backgrounds with the depth and beauty of our Orthodox faith.
Ultimately, Fr. Barnabas believes that Orthodoxy is the path to both spiritual renewal in our Orthodox homes and the path for all believers to spiritual maturity.
March 15-18, 2008
March 15 (Thursday)
7:00pm - 8:30pm
"The Surprising Discovery of Timeless Truth:
College of St. Scholastica, Somers Hall
1200 Kenwood Ave. / Duluth, MN
March 16 (Friday)
Salutations (Akathist Hymn)
Twelve Holy Apostles
March 17 (Saturday)
"Taming the Passions: Timeless Wisdom
for Orthodox Living"
Fr. Barnabas discusses his journey to Orthodoxy,
outreach to others and how to cultivate a vibrant faith.
Light lunch provided.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
1216 104th Ave. W. / Duluth, MN
March 18 (Sunday)
Divine Liturgy, Sermon by Fr. Barnabas
Luncheon to Follow
St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church
543 6th Street SW / Chisholm, MN
Feast Day Weekend
June 29 - July 1, 2018
June 29 (Friday)
June 30 (Saturday)
100th Anniversary Banquet
at Greysolon Ballroom
July 1 (Sunday)
Divine Liturgy followed by a Luncheon
We have booked a block of rooms for both weekends at:
Block Name: 12 Holy Apostles
Rates: March event $119 and June event $164
Please make plans to join us for these special times of giving thanks to God for 100 years of faithfulness!