Powers, Jesse K
Powers, Jesse K.
a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was born in the county of Albemarle, Va., June 8, 1801. In May-, 1826, while engaged in teaching a classical school, he was converted, and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Shortly after he joined the traveling connection, at the session of the Virginia Conference (held at Raleigh in February, 1826). In 1830 he was admitted into full connection and ordained deacon and in 1832 was ordained elder. He was a plain, faithful, earnest minister of the Gospel always conscientiously discharging the duties of a Methodist preacher. Being unencumbered with a family, he readily and cheerfully entered on whatever field of labor was assigned him, and everywhere endeared himself to the people whom he served by his unaffected and consistent piety. For upwards of two score years he gave full proof of his ministry. In the latter part of his life, through affectionate regard for his welfare, and in consideration of his infirmities, his brethren of the Conference placed him on the list of supernumeraries; but so anxious was he to be in the regular pastoral work that he appealed to the Conference to place him among the effective men, and he was appointed to the New Kent Circuit; but the work was beyond his strength; he soon began to fail in health, and died March 1, 1869. See Minutes of Annual Conferences of the M. E. Church, South, 1869, p. 303.