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OBV strengthens links with church

Bishop Wilton Powell (right) meets OBV's Simon Woolley

By Winsome Grace Cornish

One of the country’s leading Churchmen, Bishop Wilton Powell visited the offices of OBV yesterday. In what was described as a very productive thought provoking discussion, Bishop Powell reminded OBV’s Director Simon Woolley, that ‘if we want greater success in our communities we must invest time and effort in collaborative projects and strengthening relations’.

Powell is the Presiding Bishop for the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) for the United Kingdom He leads a core membership of 6,000, and fellowship of 25,000 in 87 churches, and is currently working with other national church leaders and community groups to build an international development agency.

The meeting is in line with OBV’s work with UK church leaders to coalesce around community concerns in the run-up to the general election.

OBV’s Director Simon Woolley stated, “I very much look forward to working with Bishop Powell and the Black church leadership. Our collaborative efforts will make a profound impact in the short, medium and long term”.

Based in Birmingham, Bishop Powell who received an OBE in 1999 is one of the four Regional Presbyters of the Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Middle East.

He is one of a five member panel selecting the international leaders for the church, covering one million members in over 127 countries.

Alongside a wide range of Board memberships, the Bishop is also Chair and founding member of the International Development Agency (RAFA), building missions for developing sustainable economic and social enterprises.

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