We all are stronger together!
it's a dream team!
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, holds an MDiv in Theological Studies (Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN), and is currently working on his Doctor of Minsitry in the area of Discipleship.
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 World Missions Board as the CO-Chair, 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 and host 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 an associate pastor at Matthews Church of God in WNC COG (after over 30+ years as a Senior Pastor) and her grandfather, Rev. Horace King, served as a pastor in WNC for 50+ years and came out of retirement twice to pastor. Sis. Stephanie has that same fire for ministry in her! She also 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 on Franklin Street several 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 Auditor for Turner Business Appraisers. 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, bring to BCC over 25 years of combined 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.
Rev. Barbara Whitlow - Associate Pastor
Sis. Barbara is an Eastern North Carolina native. She grew up in Person County, in the Roxboro area and lived there until 2019. Just prior to the global pandemic, God brought her and her husband of 65 years, Bro. Cecil, to Mebane. Sis. Whitlow brings nearly 40 years of ministerial expericence and over 50 years of membership in the Church of God to her position. While serving as the Associate Pastor, she serves as the Senior Adult Sunday School teacher, Sunday Morning Prayer Coordinator, and serves on the rotating Wednesday Night Family Training Hour Adult Bible Study team. She fills the pulpit when the pastor is out on church business and has at least one Sunday night service per month. Sis. Whitlow has also been called upon for various special services and conferences and has Pastor Powers' full endorsement and availabilty for special services if called upon outside of BCCOG. Sis, Whitlow is a blessing and an uplifting vital member of the Breakthrough Staff. We are fortunate to have her on the team!
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 ready to serve and reach out to the needy! She is an amazing woman of God!
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.
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.
Chris Mahan - Youth Pastor
Gaming efficianto, media guru, and all around GOOD GUY... Bro. Chris (otherwise known as Hito-Sai) is our resident Youth Pastor and Pastor's council member. He is too humble to endorse himself, so the Pastor decided to do his bio for him! Our youth program has doubled in discipleship and responsibility since Bro. Chris took the helm of the Youth Ship and created UNITY Youth. He is leading with excellence and creativity. Watch out for HITO!
Ashley Mahan - Music Minister
Sister Ashley has lived in Mebane for 30 years. She is married to Chris Mahan, Youth Director with Breakthrough Community Church. She and her husband have two children, Gabriel and Lucas. She has served in the community for many years, with experience in the musical background since age 12. She came to Breakthrough Community Church of God in 2014, after growing up in the Church of God of Prophecy, where she was a member all her life. She served on the Church Praise Team, and was in many different Easter and Christmas Cantatas. Aside from all of her church background, she was a Madrigal in the Eastern Alamance High School Choral Group. She served in the Alamance Community College Music & Dance Club, as the Secretary for the club, as well as, participated in many choral group functions. Since age 9, she had musical lessons for piano and had many recitals. Sister Ashley has been saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit. She has a heart for God, and the ministry in music.
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. Her three children, Leah, Brayden and Blaine are all amazing volunteers and help her tremendously. We are fortunate to have her and her family!
Sis. Cindi Wood is our Women's Ministry President, along with Sis. Venus Mahan as VP, Sis. Cindy Covey as the Secretary, and Sis. Regina Allen is the treasurer. These ladies are serving God by serving one another!
Men's Ministry President and Vice President offices open until elections. Bro. Chris 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: Sis. Judy Simmons, Bro. Larry Wiley, Bro. Chris Mahan. Bro. Larry Newcomb and Bro. Andy Lowers serve as alternates.