Fr. Stephen Powley serves as the Executive Director for Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM). He is the Priest at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Pueblo, CO. Fr. Stephen resides in Colorado with his loving wife of 37 plus years, Presvytera Ashley. They have four wonderful children and two wonderful sons-in-law.
Fr. Stephen began serving as a Prison Chaplain in January of 1985 with the state of Arizona. In 1990, he was asked to become a Federal Prison Chaplain. He had the honor of being the first Orthodox Federal Prison Chaplain. He has ministered in every prison security level from minimum to super-max. He eventually retired from Prison Chaplaincy in August of 2010. Over those years, Fr. Stephen had the great privilege of being a spectator of many incredible things that God did inside the prisons. He began serving on the OCPM Board of Directors in 2005 and he began working with OCPM following his retirement.
Over the years, Fr. Stephen has been the keynote speaker at numerous spiritual retreats and conferences across the nation. He continues to enjoy speaking and educating people from all walks of life, with the goal of inspiring and encouraging people in their Christian faith.
In his free time, Fr. Stephen loves trail running, hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing. Before he went to seminary, he was a Smokejumper for the Forest Service, parachuting into wilderness areas to fight forest fires. Some have suggested a few bad landings on his head may have influenced his decision to become a Prison Chaplain. (He would prefer to think it was the guidance of the Lord.)
If you would like Fr. Stephen to speak at your next conference or event, please contact him using the form below: