Tribute To Dr. Garland Powell - Founder of BMFP

Dr. Garland Powell, Founder and President Emeritus of Baptist Missions To Forgotten Peoples, went home to be with his Savior and Lord on Monday, March 17, 2008. Brother Powell was eighty years of age. He was a native of Charlottesville, VA. He lived the last twenty seven years in Jacksonville, FL.

Following his military service in the US Navy during World War II, Dr. Powell was called into Christian ministry. He graduated from Bob Jones University in 1951. He pastored for 25 years and then went on to serve with Missions to Military for six years. In 1980, he moved to Jacksonville to establish Baptist Missions to Forgotten Peoples. At the time of his death he served as President Emeritus of BMFP. The mission board now has over 150 missionary families serving over 40 countries. He was a sought-after speaker for conferences, well renowned in the field of missions and has spoken to congregations around the world.


His dear wife, Anna Leah, has been a real tower of strength and a wonderful testimony over the years as she served faithfully beside her husband. She is still very active in the Lord’s work.

We have truly missed Brother Powell. He was our dear and close friend. We can imagine the joy he is having in Heaven right now fellowshipping with many of the “Forgotten Peoples” the BMFP missionaries have reached since 1980 with the Gospel that have gone on before us. May all of us continue do as the verse says that BMFP was founded upon, “for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee…” Jeremiah 1:7.

Dr. Gene Burge
President, BMFP