Today it’s my privilege to interview Kathy Powell — daughter of God, wife, mother and minister. Kathy is the wife of our Pen Florida District Council Secretary, Rev. Steve Powell. Get to know this precious lady. ~Deanna
Deanna: Kathy, it’s such an honor to have you share with us today. Let’s start with where it all began. Where were you born?
Kathy: Chicago, Illinois
Deanna: And where did you grow up?
Kathy: The inner city of Chicago.
Deanna: What was your family like, growing up?
Kathy: I am the oldest of 4 girls. I am a full blooded, 100% Slovak. Both my parents are full Slovak. My mom came to the states from Czechoslovakia when she was 3 years old. I was raised very European. My parents are born again Christians and I’ve been blessed with a Godly heritage. We attended the Stone Church in Chicago, where my dad was a board member. We never missed a church service or revival service and it seemed like we lived at church. When the church doors were open, we were there. God, church and music were vital components to our home.
Deanna: How did you come to know Jesus?
Kathy: I really don’t remember. I accepted Him as a very little girl. I don’t have an actual date. I’ve always loved the Lord, but my true life changing encounter with the Lord was while in high school and one Sunday my pastor asked those that felt called into full time ministry to come to the altar. I didn’t know what I was going to do in the ministry but I knew I would be a minister’s wife.
Deanna: How did you meet your husband?
Kathy: Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. My roommate knew him and we all hung around together.
Deanna: Can you share with us a bit about your dating and engagement?
Kathy: Steve and I were both dating someone else from our home churches. We met each other through my college roommate and were all friends for 1 year. Then the ones we each were both dating had finally told us they never felt called into full time ministry so we broke up with them. (unbeknown to either one of us) After our heartbreaks were over, we started dating each other for 1 year and then became engaged for 1 year. We knew each other for 3 years before we got married.
Deanna: And where did you get married?
Kathy: Stone Church in Chicago, Illinois
Deanna: What is married life like, today?
Kathy: After 40 years I am still in love with my husband and enjoy doing things with him. I want to grow old with him. I volunteer at his office just to be near him. Usually, Friday night is date night going to Ybor City for dinner and a movie.
Deanna: That is wonderful and an example for us all. Can you tell us a bit about your children and grandchildren?
Deanna: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned as a mom?
Kathy: Many things!
- When it comes to your children, it’s not how you start the race, it’s how you finish your race.
- As a mom, if your knees aren’t calloused, you may need to pray more.
- The only thing I can take to heaven with me is my family.
Deanna: What was your first ministry assignment together with your husband?
Kathy: Associate/Youth pastors in Morris, Illinois for 2 years.
Deanna: And what other ministry assignments did you have before coming to the district office?
Kathy: We pastored 2 of the greatest churches in the nation each one for 10 years: First Assembly of God in Hammond, Indiana and Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Tampa, Florida.
Deanna: What was the most surprising thing for you, about being a minister’s wife?
- Can be very lonely. That’s why Steve is my very best friend.
- How much people look up to me as an example. I remind them that I do the things I do not because I’m in the ministry but I do what I do because first, I love the Lord and am a Christian and want to serve.
- How busy you are. It’s not a 9-5 job. You must always be protective of your time for God, self and family and keep a healthy balance between family and ministry.
Deanna: If you could give just one piece of advice to a brand new minister’s wife, what would it be?
Kathy: Be yourself and NO ONE ELSE! Be what God created YOU to be. Be confident in your gifts, talents and abilities and be an example of Christ.
Deanna: What do you like to do for fun?
Kathy: Garage Sales, being with family and relaxing on the beach listening to the crashing waves.
Deanna: Are you a morning or a night person?
Kathy: I’m a morning person and love to watch the sunrise.
Deanna: What is your favorite color?
Kathy: I don’t have one. I pretty much love all colors, but I can tell you what color I don’t like and that is the color orange.
Deanna: What is your favorite food?
Kathy: Slovak food which would be Polish sausage, dumplings, haluski, cabbage rolls, pierogies, poppyseed cake and sauerkraut soup.
Deanna: What’s your favorite dessert?
Kathy: Anything coconut!
Deanna: What is your favorite TV show?
Kathy: I don’t watch much TV. But I love The Voice, Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey.
Deanna: Do you enjoy hospitality?
Kathy: I love to entertain and throw a party and love watching it grow into a production. Decorating is one of my passions, whether it’s a party or home decor. .I love Paula Deen and cooking. Even though I barely cook anymore (‘cause we’re never home) when I do get the chance, I go all out.
Deanna: What are some of your “favorites” in life?
Kathy: I love BGMC, singing, playing the piano, Ballroom dancing, cruising, hydrangeas, sewing, redecorating, cooking and even cleaning. I enjoy reading – favorites are the Bible, Nicholas Sparks, The Shack, Redeeming Love, mystery novels; As far as music – Jazz, Blues, Big Band; Warm and Fuzzy movies like Hallmark Channel Stuff @ Christmas Time, White Christmas. And…I believe a girl can never have enough BLING BLING and shoes!
Deanna: Do you collect anything?
Kathy: Precious Moments, Rockwell plates and Nutcrackers. I love old vintage things and antiques. Garage sales are the best. One of these days, my dad and I will write a book on “Garage Sales for Dummies.”
Deanna: What is one of your greatest dreams?
Kathy: I dream about growing old and being surrounded by my family and friends. They have all been a blessing to me in ways they will never know.
Deanna: Tell us some things people may not guess, about you…
Kathy: I can still play the accordion. I modeled clothes for Montgomery Ward. I am a spelunker and would do it again if I was a few years younger. I love skydiving and just did that with my daughter 3 years ago. I also love to Indian arm wrestle. I like even more when I win.
Deanna: Wow!!. What don’t you do? Amazing! I want you to bring the accordion in to the district office one day. Just sayin’! Is there anything else you’d like to share with us today?
Kathy: I am an Assembly of God credentialed licensed minister and I love the word of God, but get frustrated that I don’t read it more than I do. My favorite Bible verses are: Joshua 1:9, Proverbs 17:22, Jeremiah 33:3
- Favorite Chapter in the Bible: James 1
- Whenever you do something – do it well and first rate!
- I thank God for the struggles in life because I know there’s life in the struggles.
- When we realize ‘we can’t’, that’s when ‘God can’.
- When you feel you’re drowning and need help, don’t wait. Seek counsel.
- “I would rather be a ‘no body’ in the world, but be a ‘somebody’ to my kids.” Man in the Mirror by Patrick Morley
- “Preach the Gospel as much as possible BUT if necessary – use words.” Frances of Assisi
- What happens “in you” is better than what happens “to you”.
- Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. “Lance Armstrong”
Deanna: Priceless! Wonderful words of wisdom. Thank you so much, Kathy, for sharing with us today. You are so appreciated and loved.