The Gathering

The Gathering:

For the fourth year in a row, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the area Lutheran churches are hosting a “Gathering” for faith formation, inspiration, and sharing. It will be a day to delve deeply into our callings – how we live our lives and share God’s love. Our main presenters, Michael and Sharon Powell, live in Williamsburg, VA where Mike serves as the Head Coach of Gymnastics for the College of William and Mary and Sharon owns her own private law practice specializing in immigration law.  The two will share their call stories and how their experiences have shaped their lives in God’s service. Come for the day or for part of the day. We’ll enjoy lunch together and end our day with worship. We are all called. Come and experience how God is calling you.


The Speakers: Michael & Sharon Powell

Sharon Powell

Sharon Powell is a licensed attorney, and runs her solo immigration law practice out of Williamsburg, Virginia. A graduate of Hamline University School of Law, her focus and passion is immigration law.

Sharon worked in the refugee field from 2005 until 2010, beginning in Baltimore with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and then moving to Minnesota to work with Lutheran Social Service Refugee Services. While working for LSS of MN, Sharon ran the immigration program, working with refugees and asylees to apply for their family members and apply for citizenship.

Currently, Sharon is the owner and founding attorney of Powell Law, PLLC. She works with individuals to apply for immigration benefits for which they are eligible under the law. Sharon is passionate about working on behalf of immigrants in the United States.

She grew up in Tanzania as the child of ELCA missionaries and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Luther College in Decorah, IA. She met her husband in Tanzania when they were children. They have had many opportunities to travel around the world together and individually. When Sharon is not working, she enjoys biking, traveling, and cheering on her husband’s men’s gymnastics team at William & Mary with their daughter Mira.

Michael Powell

Michael Powell is entering his third season as the head coach of the varsity men’s gymnastics team at William & Mary where he seeks to provide a transformative educational experience through athletics.

A few highlights of Powell’s tenure as head coach include the team winning the Eastern College Athletic Conference title in 2017, as well as one individual placing 6th on pommel horse at the NCAA Championships, two National Champions at the USA Gymnastics Men’s Collegiate Championships on rings and parallel bars, and seven ECAC conference event champions.

Academically, the team earned a record 9th National Academic Team Championship title this year with a combined 3.53 GPA. Individually, gymnasts have earned 27 Academic All-American distinctions in the past two years.

A 2004 graduate of William & Mary, Michael served with the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission in the south Indian state of Kerala. He attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, graduating with a Master’s of Divinity in 2010. As a part of seminary, Michael did a Horizon Internship in Jerusalem where he worked with the English-Speaking Congregation at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

Following seminary, Michael married Sharon and moved to Minneapolis where he coached and worked as the Education Coordinator at Minnetonka-Hopkins Gymnastics. They now live in Williamsburg, Virginia with their daughter Mira and dog Paco.

Come and Experience

9:00 am – Registration & Snacks

9:30 am – Music & Devotions

10:00 am – Keynote Presentation

Mike & Sharon Powell

12:00 noon – Lunch & Interactive Stations

1:00 pm – Conversations w/ Mike & Sharon

2:00 pm – Closing Worship

Come and go as you please;

stay for awhile or stay all day!

For questions or more information:

Pastor Stephen Zeller

(660) 668-3537