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 35 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.
Tom Powell received his Bachelor of Theological Studies degree from Maryland Bible College and Seminary, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Northwest Baptist Seminary, as well as a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice College & Seminary.


Administrative Team

Assistant Pastors:
Jim Cornwell
Emmet Hutchinson
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 volunteer services for Living Grace.






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.





Sue Powell

Sue has assisted her husband and LGC in a variety of ways throughout the thirty-five 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

Worship, Small Groups







Rick Fortin

Deacons/AV Dept.






Sherry Stansell

Saturday Night Feed @ The Rescue Mission







Pastor Paul & Esther Wheelock

Honored Seniors

Chris & Courtnie Wilder

Living Grace Youth Group – Youth Leaders

Pastor Emmet & Renee Hutchinson

Christian Athletic Program (CAP)

Elvin & Pamela Rice

Drama Department

Dr. Larry Hansen / Pastor Kevin Wilder

Men’s Ministry

Susan Keller / Brenda Cornwell / Donna Wilder

Women’s Ministry

Pastor Jim & Brenda Cornwell

Evangelism Outreach



Pastor Tom Powell
Pastor Kevin Wilder
Pastor Paul Wheelock
Pastor Mitch Powell – Senior Pastor, Glorious Gospel Church, Yelm, WA
Pastor Jim Cornwell
Pastor Emmet Hutchinson


Jeff Wisot – Senior Pastor, Life Community Church, Newark, DE

Jon Graciano – Senior Pastor, Freedom River Outreach, Tacoma, WA