Edward Alton Powers, EdD

Edward Powers

Title: Minister, Educator
Company: New School for Management and Urban Policy
Location: New York, New York, United States

Edward Alton Powers, EdD, Minister and Educator at the New School for Management and Urban Policy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

Drawing upon more than 60 years of professional excellence, Dr. Powers is a prominent minister and educator who most recently served as a member of the affiliate faculty at the New School for Management and Urban Policy from 1981 to 2013. During this time, he was also a member of the faculty for the Institute for Management Competency with the American Management Association from 1980 to 1987. Prior to these illustrious roles, he was a general secretary for the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries from 1960 to 1980, secretary in the department of youth work with the Conglomeration Christian Church Board of Home Missions from 1956 to 1960, and a pastor in Pleasant Hill, OH, and Hamden, CT, between 1949 and 1956. He has also been a prolific speaker in his field on both national and international levels.

Dr. Powers holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster, a Master of Divinity from Yale University, and a Doctor of Education from Columbia University. In 1951, he was ordained to ministry by the United Church of Christ. A contributor of myriad articles to professional journals, he was the author of five books: “Journey into Faith,” “Signs of Shalom,” “Theatre of the Spirit,” “In Essentials Unity” and “Youth in the Global Village.”

As a testament to his professional success, Dr. Powers was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from The New School in 1987, the first person to receive this award which is still being given today. However, the highlight of his career was when the United Church of Christ adopted his findings when he performed a system-wide study regarding gay men and women in the congregation.  The general synod in a 1977 action approved the inclusion of  LGBTQ men and women into the church.

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