Pastor & Staff

Barrett Berry

Lead Pastor

Pastor Barrett Berry is founder and lead pastor of Empowered Living Church (ELC), a church in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Watch Empowered Living with Barrett Berry Sunday mornings at 5:30 am on The CW (WCCB Charlotte) and  Access 21 Television Network Mondays at 11 am and 8 pm.  He founded and owns the online television network, Empowered Living TV viewed on Roku, FireTV, and AppleTV.  He serves on the Board of Equalization and Review for Mecklenburg County and is a former board member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.  Pastor Barrett is an inspirational speaker, proven leader, profound teacher, powerful preacher, gifted administrator, and an innovative social entrepreneur.

Pastor Barrett is an ardent advocate of education and academic excellence.  He is currently studying for his doctorate in education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Pastor Barrett holds two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Africana Studies from Morris Brown College as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and graduate degree from Harvard University as a Center for Public Leadership Fellow.  He also completed studies at the University of Notre Dame (Executive Management), Andover-Newton Theological Seminary (Theology & Church Administration), McCormick Theological Seminary (Fundraising), and Valparaiso University (Law), to name a few. His career in higher-education includes serving as an assistant dean of students at Harvard, admissions interviewer for Harvard College, and college lecturer at Valparaiso University.

Pastor Barrett is a faith leader. His first leadership role in church was president of the political action committee for West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles under the leadership of Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.  His preparation for senior pastoral leadership includes leading the Power Movement Men’s Ministry, in which he led revival services, prayer gatherings, and Bible studies for men.  Pastor Barrett is a man of prayer and faith. Since 2000 Pastor Barrett served in roles as an executive pastor for a church plant, assistant to a pastor for a 100+ years old church, evangelist with Time to Revive, lead teacher for the children’s ministry at a church plant, and host of the acclaimed radio and television programs entitled Empowered Living with Barrett Berry.  Before relocating to Charlotte he served as the teaching and preaching pastor along with his father in law at Faith Temple Church in South Bend, Indiana.  Pastor Barrett is the North Carolina director of the Black Church PAC.  During the 2021 Georgia Senate Special Election, he led the get out the vote campaign for the Black Church PAC where the voter turnout increased 150,000 from the general election.  

Pastor Barrett has a heart for people and is a servant leader. Upon graduating from college he has served as a senior aide to elected officials in the federal government in Washington, D.C. and state government in Georgia and Massachusetts. The positions include, but not limited to serving as a senior aide in President Bill Clinton's Administration, for Governor Deval Patrick (MA), and Chief of Staff to Massachusetts and Georgia state senators. Politically, he managed financial, field, and GOTV campaigns for presidential, congressional, state and local campaigns throughout the United States. As a federal lobbyist Pastor Barrett represented the Church of God in Christ, National Conference of Black Mayors, and multiple cities and counties.  Pastor Barrett was a national surrogate speaker for US presidential candidates Vice President Al Gore and Senator John Kerry.  In 2011, he ran for mayor for the City of South Bend, Indiana.  

Pastor Barrett is an activist.  During his college years he led the African/Black Student Statewide Alliance in California, chair of the National Black Student Government Association, Black Youth Vote!, president of the student government association, and co-led the National Youth Organizing Committee of the Million Man March.  

Lisa Cleveland

Associate Minister

Lisa sings, administers, prays, and preaches with the power and anointing of a true disciple of our Lord and Savior Jesus.  She hosts her own show and ministry called The Widow's Nest.  

Charles Nolen II

Worship Leader

Psalmist Charles is an anointed singer, national recording artist, and dynamic leader of worship.  You can find his latest single on Apple Music titled "You're God Alone."

Gabe Levine

Minister of Music

Gabe is a brilliant musician and singer.  He plays multiple instruments well.  On his forthcoming self produced album he plays every instrument and sings lead vocals. 

Brenton Floyd


Brent is a professional filmmaker that loves the Lord.  He is the guy behind the camera with the talent and skill to produce and direct Emmy award winning television programs. 

Anna Poon


Anna is a former attorney, international flight attendant, and an expert in too many great things to name.  She produces her own television program on Access 21.