Little is known about his early life, except that he worked for a while as a hostler, groom/stable boy, at Bishops Castle, before he went to study under his uncle Erasmus Powell, puritan vicar of Clun, Shropshire. Powell was then sent to Jesus College, Oxford apparently leaving without attaining a degree, whereupon he moved back to Clun, and worked as a teacher. After reading Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reede and listening to the sermons of Walter Cradoc, he became a Puritan, and joined the Free Baptist movement. He was arrested in 1640 and 1642, in Prestatyn for disturbing the peace by preaching ‘Inconformity’, but was found not guilty.
In 1642, Powell married Joan Quarrell, widow of Paul Quarrell, later that year he arrived in London, whereupon he moved to Dartford, Kent to take up the post of puritan vicar, whilst he was there, many continued to listen to his ardent preaching. It was during this time that the Great Plague swept through the country, leaving Powell to conduct 62 burials in his first year as vicar in Dartford. He resigned this position on 7 January 1646, at which point he moved back to Wales, where he was authorised as a preacher by the Westminster Assembly and was named as a preacher in North Wales by the Committee for Plundered Minister...
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