MEET Our Team:


it's a dream team!

We all are stronger together!

  • Bishop Aaron and Stephanie Powers - Senior Pastors

    Rev. Aaron Powers is a sharecropper’s grandson and the son of bi-vocational evangelists who subsidized their ministry as mill workers. Bro. Powers received salvation at four years old and the baptism of the Holy Ghost at eight. He began full time pulpit ministry at sixteen years old after traveling with his parents playing the piano and singing for their revivals for many years. He is a graduate of Pfeiffer University with a BA in Youth Ministry and is finishing up his MDiv in Theological Studies at Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN. in the fall of this year; after which, Pastor Powers will begin his doctoral studies.  Bro. Powers now shares the Gospel with many thousands in world missions as he raises his own budget through preaching revivals and special services with nearly 90,000 souls saved and many healed and filled by the power of God. Bro. Powers is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God, Cleveland, TN. He is also a certified Prayer Trainer for Alive Ministries under the leadership of the Church of God International Prayer Coordinator, Rev. Doug Small. In addition, Pastor Powers serves the Western NC Church of God on the Minister’s Examining Board, Church of God World Missions Pakistan as a fundraiser for church planting, and formerly served as host and on-air personality for Total Christian Television and currently serves as on-air personality for Global Television Network monthly on the live program, "The Pastor's Study".

    Sis. Powers has a great heritage of ministry as third generation Church of God. Her father, Rev. Phillip King is currently a pastor in WNC COG and her grandfather, Rev. Horace King, served as a pastor in WNC for many years. Sis. Stephanie has a direction connection to BCC. Her uncle and aunt, Lynn and Doris Porter, were pastors at BCC when it was still Mebane Church of God years ago. Lynn has since passed away, but Doris, now Doris Wooten, loves the BCC family and will be visiting often! Sis. Powers is a graduate of Lee University with a BS in Accounting. She is a talented solo vocalist as well as choir member/praise team member. Sis. Powers is very proud to be a full-time mom and full-time accountant for Duncan Ashe P.A. She is currently in the process of taking her CPA exams.

    Bro. Powers, along with Sis. Stephanie and their three boys Ben, Alex, and Zeke, come to BCC with over 21 years of ministry experience in World Missions, Local Missions, Evangelism, Youth Ministry, Christian Education, music ministry, and Pastoral Ministry. They are dedicated to ministry which flows in the power of the anointing of the Holy Ghost with signs following.

  • Sis. Sheila Allen - Director of Shalom Food Pantry

    From Durham, NC, Sheila experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ at Breakthrough in 2007.  Under her direction and leadership, the Breakthrough Food Pantry has helped to feed thousands since its inception in 2012.  Sis. Sheila is ALWAYS

  • Sis. Regina Allen - Director of Finance

    Regina was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and moved to NC in 1983. 

    In 1987, she married her husband, Joe Allen, in Statesville, NC.

    A graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland with a Bachelor's of Science in Business and Economics, Regina has been serving as Breakthrough's Director of Finance since 2017.

  • Prayer Ministry

    Our Prayer Coordinator position is currently open and Rev. Powers will be filling the position temporarily.  We are awaiting the will of God in this situation.

  • Sis. Lora Ann Merrill - Youth Pastor

    Lora Ann Merrill was born and raised in Mississippi and has been a part of Church of God since the age of 7. She was baptized in the Holy Spirit during a youth camp service when she was 12.

    Lora Ann and her husband married in 1992 and moved to Mebane, NC in 2003. They have 2 holy spirit filled teenage daughters.

    Lora Ann has served Breakthrough Community Church of God as a staff member of children’s church, Warriors for Christ; women’s ministry; Events Coordinator and she, along with her 2 daughters, volunteer in our Shalom Food Pantry.

    Lora Ann has a heart for our children, with a God- given burden for guiding our youth in their walk with God. By establishing within our youth a firm foundation of CHRISTian character, morals and values our youth will become empowered to go forth as victors and not victims.

  • Music committee members include :

    Sis. Stephanie Powers, Bro. Larry Wiley, Sis. Laurie Wood, Bro. Andy Lowers, Bro. Jerry Setliff,  Rev. Aaron Powers and various members who are invited to fill in at times.

  • Sis. Darlene Heldreth - Children's Pastor

    Sis. Darlene comes to BCC after many years of service and experience working in many different capacities, but she has a real heart for the children's ministry.  She is an amazingly dedicated, first class servant of God for our Children's Church and ministry.  We are fortunate to have her on staff!

  • Children's Ministries Team

    Bro. Chris Mahan works with our boys club as well as Sis. Leah Heldreth who works with our girls club.  

  • Women's Ministry

    Sis. Stephanie Powers will be serving as our interim President, along with Sis. Regina Allen (treasurer) and the Women's Board, are serving God by serving one another!  AND... our Ladies Bible Study will resume ASAP!

  • Men's Ministry

    Men's Ministry President and Vice President offices open until elections.  Bro. Christ Mahan is serving as the President and interim secretary/treasurer.  All positions are eligible to return as President of the ministry for two more years as we are re-launching our Men's Ministry program!  This information is subject to change.

  • BCC Church and Pastor's Council

    Church and Pastor's Council members:  Bro. Bobby Jones, Bro. Ronnie Allen,  Bro. Sean Auton, Bro. Jesse Huntley and Bro. Jerry Setliff.