We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Gabriel Powell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Gabriel, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I decided to start my own business, it was never solely about me. As I reflect, I remember leading music groups and ministry initiatives, touring as a music artist, and working for my father as his youth pastor and worship leader. Each of these roles required leadership, strategy, innovation, and empowerment – all of which I was naturally gifted. From the moment I began leading and forming groups, I had a significant burden to ensure that those who worked or served with me lived in abundance and experienced extreme wealth. It was about creating employment opportunities for people, teaching them how to discover their purpose, and coaching them to shift their mindsets and live beyond any premature notion or perception they may have once had about themselves. With this in mind, it was evident that I would not be able to fulfill these goals utilizing my primary source of income alone.

Lastly, there are organizations and causes that I have deep convictions concerning. I’d love to be able to give generously to them. Starting my own business was a guaranteed way to create wealth so that I could accomplish those goals.

What should our readers know about your business?
What sets me apart from others is that I appeal to Millenials. My objective is to win the millennial over that my type of business tends to lose. The beauty of it is that we don’t judge people; we allow them to be themselves; we train and develop them and help them become the best version of themselves. Lastly, we help people to discover who God has designed them to be.

I am most proud of the lives that have been changed because of my organization. Witnessing people journeying and discovering who they are and confirming it, and hearing that their lives have been saved because of my ministry is truly an honor.

No. It’s not easy, and it has not been. However, my father taught me to persevere. So, I keep my focus and my eye on the mission. When it’s difficult, I make sure that I do not consume myself with my organization. It’s essential for me to have a life outside of my organization. Staying true to this allows me to detach so that I can refocus, regroup, and repassion. Taking those moments is what has allowed me to overcome challenging times.

Being a leader has taught me more about myself than anything else. I’ve honestly learned a lot about my weaknesses and strengths. Lastly, learning patience has been a significant part of my journey as well. It takes patience to build an organization or be successful, effective, etc. You have to be both patient and diligent.

More than anything, I want the world to know two things: 1) about my relentless love for both Jesus and people, and 2) you should never allow people to make conclusions about you, and you most definitely should not conclude on yourself. Some of my teachers thought I’d be a failure. I remember my father acknowledging that I was charismatic and charming, but he also acknowledged that I never finished anything. My life would not be what it is today had I not made a conscious decision to finish everything I started. It’s shocking to people when I tell them that I was once a college dropout. Now, roughly ten years later, I have a doctorate degree, and I’m currently preparing to attain my Ph.D. Why? Because I made a decision to finish.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were visiting the area for a week, I’d take them rock climbing, to the gun range, gym, and swimming. For food, we’d go to a nice seafood restaurant. Honestly, anywhere there’s fried fish, I’m there.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d first like to shout out my church, Encounter Church Atlanta. My church has supported, followed, and encouraged me as I’ve grown over the last ten years. The reality of being a pastor is that congregants aren’t obligated to stick with you, and I believe you’re not a leader unless someone is following you. So, knowing that my church is still standing with me is priceless.

I’d also like to shout out my parents, Bishop Victor L. Powell and Sandra F. Powell. I’m proud to say that they raised me well and thoroughly prepared me for Leadership, manhood, and life itself. The older I’ve gotten, I’ve realized that many people are talented and gifted. Yet, they lack a foundation of both spiritual and natural principles.

My parents ensured that I wouldn’t just be talented but I’d also be grounded. They taught me what it means to have a relationship with God and be a man of conviction, principles, and generosity. My ambition, discipline, and leadership mirror my father. He instilled those traits in both my sister and me at an early age. I can honestly say that without my parents, I would not be the man, leader, speaker, artist, or Pastor that I am today.


Website: https://www.gabrielpowell.co

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