Wednesday, May 18, 2005
CHARLES POWELL NAMED NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT FOR ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORKS
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Charles Powell, Development Director
Ft.Lauderdale(March 18) – Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos, founder and executive director of Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), announced today that the Executive Board of OCN has named Charles Powell the director of the newly established Development office of the national media outreach ministry of the Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA).
Charles Powell, the media director of the ministry since 2003, was promoted to his new position as of April 1st by the board after a generous grant from the Farah Foundation. The multi-year grant by the Farah Foundation was made for the expressed purpose of creating this new development office to assist OCN in securing the funding to support a nationwide media presence for the Orthodox Christian churches in this country.
The grant also allowed OCN to secure the services of Stewardship Advocates of New York, a full service donor development agency headed by well respected stewardship expert, Fr. Anthony Scott. Rev. Scott will work together with Mr. Powell in getting the development office established and functioning.
Charles Powell has a long time connection with religious media and religious media organizations and, since his own conversion to Orthodox Christianity after many years as a media professional for some of the largest Evangelical media ministries in the country, has wanted to see the Orthodox Christian churches use the powerful communications tools of modern media technology to share the riches and beauty of Orthodox Christianity with the United States and the world.
Mr. Powell’s first task will be to grow the newly established Share The Light Partners campaign for OCN. This campaign is attempting to find 500 donors willing to invest $1000, $2500, or $5000 a year in the outreach efforts of OCN to help defray the substantial costs of expanding the media outreach to the top 25 media markets in the US. The program is off to a good start, but its success is vital to the ongoing financial health of OCN. Mr. Powell will also be working with Orthodox Churches all across America to secure the success of the newly establish Share The Light Sunday, named this year by the SCOBA Bishops as the third Sunday in January, by increasing the participation and education of Orthodox parishes all across the nation.
His Eminence, Archbishop DEMETRIOS, chairman of SCOBA, encouraged all Orthodox parishes to support the media outreach of the Church by participating in this annual event.
Powell stated “Media is expensive to produce and to distribute, but that’s because these media tools work! This is the most media saturated nation in the world and our Orthodox voice should not be missing from these important tools. Over two thirds of Americans use radio, TV, and the internet to learn and explore religious ideas and facts. Our Orthodox Christian Churchesshould at least have a presence in this important media world.”
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