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Meet The Pastor

Pastor Eric and the Powell family are grateful to have served and impacted the Helena community in this journey. Right now, we are seeking God's direction to plug into a new vibrant ministry or church planting team. More specifically, Eric is passionate about worship, media, and arts in an authentic and relevant ministry environment. If you know a team looking for a worship/media/arts guy, please direct them to Eric's website here.
Meet Eric Powell, lead pastor/planter of Encounter. Eric and his wife Andrea have a deep passion to connect those who do not resonate with traditional church — those who have given up on church — with a passionate and purposeful faith in Jesus that goes beyond once a week and into our everyday lives.

While this is Eric's first role as lead pastor, he has served in ministry for nearly 20 years in the areas of worship and youth. He and Andrea have helped challenged traditional ministries to move outside the box in communicating Jesus' unconditional love in non-traditional ways.

With a desire for all ages to discover a full and fulfilling life, Eric is intentional about serving the needs of our community. He currently serves on board of directors for Youth Connections and is an active member of Downtown Helena.

Eric also has a deep love for the creative arts. He is an accomplished musician and songwriter currently instructing keyboard at "Montana's School of Rock" Capital Fret in downtown Helena. With a graduate degree in Worship studying ministry leadership, he has served as the Worship & Arts Pastor at three different churches building effective artist and musician teams from the ground up. He also has an undergraduate degree in Communications with emphasis in marketing and graphic design.

The Powells and their two sons Andrik (16) and Kellin (11) live in the Helena North Valley. They enjoy meeting new people, riding bikes, card & board games, watching movies, songwriting, listening to music, and reading books, all while developing a growing intimate relationship with Jesus in the the context of real life.

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