Pastor Tom Powell,        Senior Pastor

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Tom Powell received Christ in 1975 while serving in the U.S. Army in Korea. After finishing military life in 1977, he relocated to attend Bible College in MA where he contributed to and witnessed a youth revival that saw many teenagers called to full-time ministry.

In 1981, he, his family, and ten others left New England to pioneer a church in Tacoma, Washington. In over 30 years, that work has grown into Living Grace Ministries. This church serves the local and surrounding areas of Tacoma with many community and international outreaches and partnerships.   

He received his Bachelor of Theological Studies degree from Maryland Bible College and Seminary, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Northwest Baptist Seminary, and a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Rice Seminary & University. Pastor Powell is currently pursuing his Doctorate at Luther Rice.                                    


Administrative Team

Assistant Pastors (volunteer):
Jim Cornwell
Emmet Hutchinson
Elliot Taylor
Paul Wheelock
Kevin Wilder

Becky Fortin

Becky joined the church family in 1984, where she met and married her husband Rick.  Becky is our Youth Education Program (YEP) Director, overseeing an amazing team of Sunday School teachers, nursery, and toddler workers.  Becky also administrates our Food Bank, working with a faithful and passionate team of volunteers who minister to our local community.


Pamela Rice

Pamela joined our church family in 2011.  She is the Director of Communications and Marketing – a gifted graphic designer and artist who has been instrumental in helping us grow in our vision to serve our community, both local and international.



Dawn Bussey

Dawn has been with Living Grace since 1993. She is the Executive Administrative Assistant, working in LGC’s office administration since the spring of 1999.  She is also in charge of web design and management for Living Grace and the International Association of Grace Ministries.



Sue Powell

Sue has assisted her husband and LGC in a variety of ways throughout the thirty years of ministry here in Tacoma, helped to administrate the start of our first dayschool, and has been actively engaged in the demands of a pioneer church.  Today, Sue serves as an editor for publications and as an administrative assistant.



Esther Wheelock

One of the original team members, Esther and her husband Pastor Paul are a source of encouragement and faithful ministers in the hospital and to our seniors.  Esther also works as the morning receptionist.     





Pastor Kevin Wilder




Joe Miller

Men’s Ministry/Security



Becky Miller

Women’s Ministry



Rick Fortin

Deacons/AV Dept.



Sherry Stansell

Saturday Night Feed @ The Rescue Mission




Pastor Paul & Esther Wheelock

Honored Seniors/Hospital Visitation

Michael & Carolina Wheelock

Bolder Teens – Youth Leaders

Pastor Emmet & Renee Hutchinson

Christian Athletic Program (CAP)

Elvin & Pamela Rice

Drama Department



Pastor Tom Powell
Pastor Elliot Taylor
Pastor Kevin Wilder
Pastor Paul Wheelock
Pastor Mitch Powell – Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Roy, WA
Pastor Jim Cornwell
Pastor Emmet Hutchinson


Dr. Ron Long – Assistant to the President, Missions and Church Relations, Luther Rice University, Lithonia, GA
Jeff Wisot – Senior Pastor, Life Community Church, Newark, DE
Jon Graciano – Senior Pastor, Freedom River Outreach, Tacoma, WA