The Rev. Dr. C. W. “Bud Powell was called home to eternal rest in the presence of His Savior on July 29, 2016. Funeral services were held on Friday, August 5, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Rev. J. P. Mosley (Pastor-Elect of Trinity Covenant Reformed Church in Colorado Springs) officiated at the service while Rev. Matthew Powell preached a sermon from Proverbs 9:7-12, delivering a Christ-centered message, just as his father always preached and taught. All of the other sons of Dr. Powell who were in attendance also contributed in meaningful ways during the worship service (Rev. Jim, Joseph, Rev. Samuel, and Stephen). Two grandsons of Dr. Powell shared remembrances on behalf of all the grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy and comfort were given by Rev. David Fagrey on behalf of Synod, Rev. Richard Stetler on behalf of Western Classis, Rev. David Dawn on behalf of Northern Plains Classis, Rev. Travis Grassmid on behalf of South Central Classis, and Rev. Kyle Sorensen on behalf of Covenant East Classis. A representative from the alumni of New Geneva Theological Seminary (Dr. John Leaf) also shared greetings. A men’s vocal group from area RCUS churches sang a heavenly rendition of “It is Well With My Soul.” The entire service was recorded and is available at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8616036321 . Many other ministers and elders from the RCUS and other churches were in attendance. The obituary which was printed in the bulletin follows:
Bud Powell was born Carroll Walker Powell, Jr. to Carroll and Ella Powell at Memorial Hospital in Medford, Oregon, on April 27, 1934 and was called home to glory on July 29, 2016.
He was baptized as an infant shortly thereafter in the Southern Methodist church of Medford. His father was a farm worker and his mother was a housewife. His grandfather A. E. Powell was a newspaper publisher and a Jackson County supervisor. Bud had two older sisters, Barbara and Ruth.
Through grade school and high school, Bud loved to play basketball and baseball, dabbled in learning, and excelled in mathematics and daydreaming. He also attended the Community Bible Church in Eagle Point and the Community Bible Church in Central Point where he learned very many scriptures and developed a lifelong interest in biblical knowledge.
After high school he travelled to Greenville, South Carolina. There he attended Bob Jones University and received a Bachelor Degree with a major in mathematics and a minor in English. In the fall of 1956, Bud began seminary at Bob Jones and later finished his degree at Sacramento Baptist Seminary. Finally, he began a PhD at the University of Nevada at Reno before transferring to Baptist Christian University to complete his PhD in church history.
He was ordained to the gospel ministry by Sylvan Road Baptist church in Hapeville, Georgia and later moved to Anderson, California to help found Shasta Christian School in the fall of 1961.
In June of 1962, Bud married Penny Simer of Rogue River, Oregon. From that marriage issued six sons: Stephen Walker of Murfreesboro, TN; Samuel Arthur of Yuba City, CA; Joseph Jefferson of Colorado Springs, CO; Dorman James of Bettendorf, IA; Joshua Carroll of Kumamoto, Japan; and Matthew Edward of Casper, WY.
In 1964, Pastor Powell helped J.G. Duckett found Faith Baptist Church in Anderson, California. In 1969, this congregation became Faith Reformed Church and was received into the RCUS at Lincoln Valley RCUS at the annual meeting of the Eureka Classis. There, Pastor Powell was also licensed to preach in the RCUS, having been previously ordained.
Also in 1964, Pastor Powell helped to found Faith Christian Academy, which later became Northstate Schools. He served there as headmaster until 1985. In 1986, Pastor Powell moved to Colorado Springs, CO with Penny, his two youngest sons, and a few families from Anderson to plant Trinity Covenant Reformed Church. He pastored that church faithfully up until his retirement in 2016.
Pastor Powell also taught at Evangelical Christian Academy in Colorado Springs until 1996 when he resigned to become full-time professor of historical and systematic theology at what was then Knox Theological Seminary. In 1999 the seminary became New Geneva Seminary. At the seminary, Dr. Powell had been the Academic Dean and Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology.
Pastor Powell served as pastor of Trinity Covenant Reformed Church and taught at New Geneva Theological Seminary until April 2016, retiring just two months before his death. Bud Powell is survived by his sister Ruth, his six sons, nineteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.