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Fresh Start Upstate Leadership

Fresh Start Upstate is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.

Maria A. Powell

Senior Leader


Maria is a multi-talented creative thinker and motivational speaker who serves her community not only as an influential business leader, program manager, and Formal Executive pastor and church planter for New Life Philadelphia Center and Pentecostal Miracle Revival Center where she served with her parents, the late Rev. Willie J. Powell, Sr. and the late Overseer Delores B. Powell, until their deaths. Currently, Maria serves as the Senior Pastor of Fresh Start "Where Love Meets Worship" in South Carolina. She's the mother of 4 beautifully talented children: Willie, Fred, Destinee and Crystal. She operates in a robust prophetic voice forecasting within the marketplace and local church. Her commitment to service is a motivating factor in all of her endeavors and a source of inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with.


Her focus on women’s issues and her desire to assist in the empowerment and advancement of all women-led her to start the Global Ladies of Titus Network a vibrant international women’s networking group. Above all, she displays a strong passion for leadership development; in the market place and local church, she founded Synergy Awareness Coaching and Consultant firm, where she "Breed Leaders." www.callsynergyawareness.com

Maria is a graduate of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology, a Master’s of Science Degree in Administration and Emergency Planning, Master’s Certificate in Emergency Crisis Management, and a 2nd Masters in Leadership and Organizational Change from Columbia College, respectively. Maria seeks to continue to grow educationally and spiritually. She is an active member of AACC (America Association of Christian Counselors) and ICCA (International Christian Coaching Association).

It is Maria’s belief to sustain her character, integrity, and spiritual empowerment through her practice of a bio-psycho-social-spiritual regimen founded in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God, your whole spirit and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Maria is a multi-talented creative thinker and motivational speaker who serves her community not only as an influential business leader, program manager, and Formal Executive pastor and church planter for New Life Philadelphia Center and Pentecostal Miracle Revival Center where she served with her parents, the late Rev. Willie J. Powell, Sr. and the late Overseer Delores B. Powell, until their deaths. Currently, Maria serves as the Senior Pastor of Fresh Start "Where Love Meets Worship" in South Carolina. She's the mother of 4 beautifully talented children: Willie, Fred, Destinee and Crystal. She operates in a robust prophetic voice forecasting within the marketplace and local church. Her commitment to service is a motivating factor in all of her endeavors and a source of inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with.


Her focus on women’s issues and her desire to assist in the empowerment and advancement of all women-led her to start the Global Ladies of Titus Network a vibrant international women’s networking group. Above all, she displays a strong passion for leadership development; in the market place and local church, she founded Synergy Awareness Coaching and Consultant firm, where she "Breed Leaders." www.callsynergyawareness.com

Maria is a graduate of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology, a Master’s of Science Degree in Administration and Emergency Planning, Master’s Certificate in Emergency Crisis Management, and a 2nd Masters in Leadership and Organizational Change from Columbia College, respectively. Maria seeks to continue to grow educationally and spiritually. She is an active member of AACC (America Association of Christian Counselors) and ICCA (International Christian Coaching Association).

It is Maria’s belief to sustain her character, integrity, and spiritual empowerment through her practice of a bio-psycho-social-spiritual regimen founded in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God, your whole spirit and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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