Elder Willie J Powell

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Elder Willie J. Powell, Sr. is the founder of Grace Fellowship COGIC - House of Solutions and the Superintendent of WE Sheard Memorial District.  Willie J Powell was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He served as District Chairman of District #11 for 23 years, specifically under the direct tutelage of the late Superintendent Willie E. Sheard.  On April 19, 2014, the Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Michigan Southwest, John Henry Sheard, appointed Elder Powell as the Superintendent of District #11, now known as the WE Sheard Memorial District. As Superintendent, Elder Powell’s vision is to equip and send the church to carry on the signs and wonders that followed Jesus. He is determined to see the supernatural power of God become a common occurrence at every District meeting.  At the heart of his vision is to see every pastor in the District flourish in his ministry. Superintendent Powell planted Grace Fellowship COGIC House of Solutions in 1994. He has served as the senior pastor for more than two decades. Superintendent Powell is an anointed and gifted teacher of the Word of God and is able to draw hidden nuggets from scripture utilizing his knowledge of Hebrew and Greek—languages he has enjoyed studying since he became a pastor. Superintendent Powell holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the University of Michigan Business School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before he entered ministry full time, he served as the Executive Director of the City of Ann Arbor Employees Retirement System. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Audit Committee for the University Bank in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Superintendent Powell is married to the lovely First Lady Geraldine Powell, his wife of over 40 years and ministry partner. They are the proud parents of three children: Tiffany, James, and Kandace; as well as the proud grandparents.

First Lady of the District

Lady Geraldine Powell

Lady Geraldine Powell supports Grace Fellowship COGIC where her husband, Superintendent Willie J. Powell is the Pastor and she is the First Lady of WE Sheard Memorial District.  Lady Geraldine, affectionately known as Lady P, was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She joyfully leads the women ministries at her local church: Grace Fellowship COGIC House of Solutions where her husband and ministry partner of 36 years, Superintendent Willie J. Powell serves as Pastor.  She is gifted in teaching and reaching women, youth, and children. For three decades she owned and directed Wee Wisdom Child Care Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Lady Geraldine Powell is passionate about health and wellness, and her desire is to see all of Gods’ people become spiritually and physically fit. She is a certified personal trainer (AFPA) and a certified Zumba instructor.  She is currently employed as a fitness and Zumba instructor at the University of Michigan (M-Healthy Wellness Program). In addition, she  is the founder of Lifestyle Fitness Coach, LLC. Lady Geraldine Powell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Eastern Michigan University. She feels blessed to serve in ministry with her husband, favorite pastor/teacher,Superintendent Willie J. Powell Sr. Together they have three children, Tiffany, James and Kandace, and several grand children.



District Missionary

Evangelist Betty McMullan

 Evangelist Betty J. McMullan is the District Missionary for WE Seard Memorial District.   Betty J. McMullan is the seventh child born to Deacon Julius and Mother Gertrude Powell. Having been educated in the Ypsilanti Public School System,  she went on to receive a BBA in Healthcare Administration from Cleary University and attended Eastern Michigan University .   She is married to Elder D.Maurice McMullan , they are the proud parents of 6 children ,13 grandchildren , and three great grandchild.  After working 29 years in the Department of Radiology, she founded Tender Childcare Development Center. There  she gave underprivileged preschoolers the head start needed to boost their academic skills before starting Kindergarten. Missionary McMullan has served in many positions in her home church Mt. Olive COGIC.

Currently she serves as the New Members Class Teacher Director of the Community Vacation Bible School, leader of the Convalescence Home Ministries, one of the adult Christian Education  Class teachers, and a member of the Secretarial  team. Missionary McMullan has been blessed with wisdom and insight needed to assist the women working with her in WE Seard Memorial District Women’s Department.  

District Misionary Betty MCMullan has been recently promoted to the Chairperson of the Finance Committee of MSW 1 Women's Department and also serves on the Advisory Board  


District Chairman

Elder Willie S. Foster, III


Elder Willie S. Foster, III is the founder (1997) and pastor of Abundant Harvest COGIC in Ann Arbor.  Elder Foster is the fifth child of fifteen children born to Elder and Mother Willie Samuel Foster, II.  Being his father's namesake, 'Lil Willie' was destined to follow in his father's footsteps as a minister of the Gospel.  His Father impressed upon his family the importance of serving the Lord. Willie learned about the Lord as a child through the examples set by his parents and the daily prayers and bible teachings conducted in the home by his father.   Willie attended Mt. Olive COGIC from a child on up where he was taught in the Sunday school and Sunshine Band.  In 1979, he graduated from Ypsilanti High School with academic honors and attended Huron Valley trade school to study computer circuitry and advanced electronic technology.  He later attended Washtenaw Community College-Liberal Arts and Sciences where he received certification for ISO 9000 and QS 9000 Quality Systems.  He is employed at Variety Manufacturing Corporation of Dexter as an Internal Quality Systems Auditor where he shares the "Good News" of Christ to many. Elder Foster acknowledged the call by God to the ministry as a Gospel Evangelist in 1981.  By 1989, he was ordained as an elder by the late Bishop Willie Leroy Harris.  Elder Foster served at Mt. Olive COGIC in Ypsilanti under the leadership of the late Superintendent Willie E. Sheard following his call to ministry.  His ministry history includes prison & convalescent home ministry as well as teaching the "Growing in Grace" class for new members, evangelizing, preaching, running revivals and teacher of the young minister's class for training upcoming ministers.   Elder Foster served in District #11 as District Evangelist, Christian Education Department President and as a member of the district finance team before being selected as the District Chairman where he continues his service today.



Sister Thelma Robinson

General Treasurer

Elder Daniel Foster

The team includes Deacon Anthony Griffith and King S. Holmes, Jr.

District Evangelist

Elder Benjamin Foster

Music Department Chair

Brother Sid Cornell Frye

Supt. Willie E. Sheard Memorial Scholarship Fund Chair

Sister Maria Holmes

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Praise and Worship Chair

Sister Adrian McMullan

Prayer Coordinator

Elder Maurice McMullan

Christian Education Chair

Elder Daniel Foster

Prayer and Bible Band Chair

Sister Lois Whitehead

Young Women's Christian Council Chair (YWCC)

Sister Lora Chisolm

Christian Women's Council Chair (CWC)

Mother Edna Bennett

Home and Foreign Mission Chair

Sister Junita Davis

  April 2021  
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