“Pastors take care of their flock. Bishops take care of the pastors who take care of their flocks.” That’s how Dwayne Bull, Pastor of Powerhouse Ministries in Smyrna, described his new responsibilities after being ordained as Bishop of the Dominion Alliance Kingdom Fellowship on July 3.
“Pastors take care of their flock. Bishops take care of the pastors who take care of their flocks.” That’s how Dwayne Bull, Pastor of PowerHouse Ministries in Smyrna, described his new responsibilities after being ordained as Bishop of the Dominion Alliance Kingdom Fellowship on July 3.
Bull and his wife Sybil founded PowerHouse Ministries in 1995. Originally located in Clayton, the church moved several years ago to a larger building called Power City on Glenwood Avenue in Smyrna near Route 13.
Bull said it is a big honor when you take on the role of bishop.
“It’s a sense of accomplishment,” he said. “Nothing is automatic. Some people don’t make it. I wanted to go through the process to be the best servant I can be for the people I’m serving.”
He started the process to become a Bishop six years ago, when he had to have background checks and take numerous classes among other requirements. The Consecration service, where he was officially named Bishop, was in Baltimore July 3.
As a Bishop, Bull will not only be in charge of caring for the church, but also for other Pastors, as well as taking care of the administrative side of the church. He described the role of Bishop as an elevation in the church as a general overseer who supports other pastors.
“I’ll be doing services for people who are going through the process like I was,” Bull said. “I do a lot of administrative tasks like the business manager for the church. We make sure we have the right authorities in the church, so they can carry out the will of God.”
Bull said he became a Pastor because that was the direction that God was pointing him in.
“I felt the call of God,” he said. “I went through the steps to start the church and God has blessed us from the start until today. I started preaching when I was 28.”
According to Bull, nobody becomes a Bishop because they want a higher level within the church, it has to do with the people you support and look after.
“I didn’t have the authority to conduct the services that were needed,” he said. “It was a need for the people. I don’t think anyone wakes up and says ‘I want to be a bishop.’ It kind of finds them.”
He said his role as Pastor has not changed. He just has other responsibilities in addition to those as Pastor.
“My local position is a Pastor at this church,” Bull said. “I’m supporting churches in the fellowship. I’m still going to be a pastor here. If I can’t be here some Sundays I have others that can be. I have a great support staff. I will only officiate special services three or four times a year.”
He said the job comes with great responsibility and he considers it a privilege that people from the parish and other churches in the fellowship will look to him for advice.
“I feel a greater responsibility to God and for my own life,” he said. “You’re the ultimate example. It’s a humbling position of honor. I’m helping people – that’s where my heart is.”
of Bishop Bull
Dwayne Bull was born in Dover. When he was in second grade his family moved to Newark, and he went on to graduate from Christiana High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Delaware State University and stayed in Dover after graduation. Bull and his family now reside in Middletown where they have lived for 10 years. Bull has been married to his wife for 21 years and they have seven children.
Bishop Bull and PowerHouse Ministries
will host regional meeting in 2010
In September 2010, Bishop Dwayne Bull will host Dominion Alliance Kingdom Fellowship’s first meeting at PowerHouse Ministries on Glenwood Avenue in Smyrna. It will be a two-day event for the first year on Friday and Saturday.
There will be training and workshops held during the weekend conference.
An Ordination service will be conducted for any member who is being promoted to Pastor or Bishop on Saturday.