Western Ky. region mourning loss of beloved pastor

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AUBURN, Ky. (KT) – A Kentucky Baptist pastor who died earlier this month is being remembered for his dedication to the purity of the Bible.


Bryan Powell, the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, died on Oct. 8. He was only 51 and leaves behind a wife, four children (three married) and four grandchildren.


“Bryan loved the Bible and was dedicated to the purity of its teachings more than anyone I’ve ever met,” said Rick Howerton, the south central regional consultant for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.


Howerton reflected on an experience he had with Mr. Powell when preaching a revival at his church.


“He asked me to meet with him for lunch,” Howerton said. “I thought we’d be discussing logistics. Not so. He looked at me and sternly but graciously said something like, ‘When you preach revival at my church, preach the Bible. Don’t preach your opinion on the Bible, preach the Bible.’ No one had ever said that to me and no one has said that to me since.”


Howerton said he lived that mantra, too, through his family, who he loved dearly.


“This was his lifestyle and the lifestyle he instilled in his family,” Howerton said. “When I went by to see the family the day after his death, they were mourning passionately. But, as I arrived, they welcomed me and told me they were about to do the daily Bible reading. I must confess, with what they were experiencing, I was surprised.”


One of Mr. Powell’s children told Howerton at the visitation that their father led the family to read passages of Scripture daily no matter what.


“His children told me that after I left the home the day after their dad’s death, that they followed his daily routine and read from three books of the Bible,” Howerton said. “They laughed stating that none of them related to the situation they were in.”


Mr. Powell, who was the son of Wilbur Powell, the associational mission strategist for the Simpson Baptist Association, was born in Madisonville and was a star athlete growing up. He surrendered to the ministry as a young man and followed the Lord’s leading. He was married to wife Missy for 30 years.


A Go Fund me account has been set up for his widow.

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