Some call him "teacher."
Some call him "coach."
Soon he will be called "pastor."
Tom Powers is a computer teacher and the head seventh-grade football coach at Bunsold Middle School in Marysville. On Jan. 26 he will hold his first church service as the pastor of the Father's House Marysville, a church plant for the Father's House Columbus.
"I see us being a vital part of God's kingdom in Marysville and we're going to fit in as a piece of the puzzle," said Powers.
There are more than two dozen churches in Marysville serving many denominations. The Father's House will join the list of non-denominational churches in the city.
"We're going to connect with other churches and other ministries in Marysville to do kingdom business and bring hope," said Powers.
Powers is no stranger to the ministry. He was previously a youth pastor for two and half years at the Four Square Church. But that was a long time ago.
"I didn't want a title. I knew I was called to go into ministry and I just stepped away."
Last spring, he started on the road that led him to the Father's House.
"I knew it was a calling in my life and I completely ran from it. But last spring, I told him (God) if he opens that door again I'll walk through it. I told him if he could get me healthy and send me a team I would do it," said Powers.
Powers' health issues have included recurring bouts of pancreatitis and a persistent back problem.
"The last five weeks are the healthiest I've felt in years," said Powers.
The Rev. Bobby Mitchell of the Father's House Columbus in Canal Winchester is shepherding the effort to plant a church in Marysville and Powers will be joined by three other men to spearhead the plant. The opening of the church is just the first step in a journey for Powers who plans to get his pastoral license and pursue his doctorate in seminary at World Changers Bible Institute.
While he continues to keep his ministry separate from his work as a teacher and a coach, he is hopeful that many of the youth in Marysville will find a home at Father's House.
"I'm going to be the same person I've been the last 14 years. I'm not going to push my views on anybody. I'm going to love Christ in the way I love Christ and I'm going to have the same relationship I do now with the kids," said Powers.
Connecting with youth includes plans to bring in professional athletes to speak about basic moral principles such as integrity and priorities.
"Drugs are big in this community. We want to help families. We want to put feet to the ministry," said Powers.
He has reached out to many other churches in the city for advice and guidance.
"Pastors' hearts in this community are so open to doing kingdom work. We are so thankful for so many pastors opening up themselves and just helping out," said Powers.
"There's something special about this community and we're just another piece of the puzzle," said Powers.
The Father's House will hold services on Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. at the Hope Center.