Emmitt Mitchell, President of Moody Center
Emmitt Mitchell

Emmitt Mitchell is President of Moody Center. The Moody Center’s work focuses on preserving the legacy of D.L. Moody and equipping today’s ministry leaders to more effectively proclaim the gospel through discipleship and evangelism training. Moody Center partners with the local church and ministries in New England and beyond through consulting, forums, and scholarship. As Moody Center’s founder and President, Emmitt has strategic oversight of Moody Center’s real estate development, donor relations, and stewardship of the beautiful campus in the rolling hills of Northfield, Massachusetts. The idyllic campus includes Moody’s homestead, birthplace, and other legacy properties built by Moody and benefactors. 

Emmitt is a long-time Kansas City businessman with significant experience in banking, real estate and the automobile industry. He owned and operated three automobile dealerships in the Kansas City area, Mitchell Oldsmobile, Mitchell Cadillac Inc. and Mitchell Lincoln Mercury Inc. Emmitt has served the Kansas City community in many positions ranging from Chairman of Urban Youth Leader, and Senior Pastor of Victory Temple Christian Life Center, to serving as Vice- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Emmitt is a founding Board member of Servant Foundation, recently renamed The Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. The Signatry has facilitated charitable contributions of almost $3 billion dollars to Christian nonprofits and ministries worldwide since 2000. Emmitt continues to offer his services to ministries with a passion for faith and community. He also serves as a board member for Bott Radio Network, an organization that reaches over 100 million listeners daily.

Emmitt has been married to Karen for almost 50 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Emmitt is an active instrument rated pilot with over 2,000 hours of flying time. In his leisure time he enjoys fishing, jogging and bicycling.


The Powell family moved from the Philadelphia area to Northfield, MA in the mid- 30’s to live with Dave’s grandparents, the daughter and son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight L. Moody. Dave attended the local grammar schools before entering Mt. Hermon’s class of 1948. Next came Yale in the class of 1952. Dave enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in June of 1952 and served during and after the Korean War for 4 + years. His communication experience in the military led him to a civilian career in the Bell System.

Dave became very interested in preserving the Moody Legacy when the Northfield campus was closed in 2005. He formed a Moody Archival Digitization Partnership (MADP) with the Northfield Mt Hermon School, Yale Divinity School, Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College and Moody descendants to collect textual, visual, audio and material archives to be used by scholars and students for research, as well as the thousands of people around the world who have been influenced by D. L. Moody’s influence. The digitization of original Moody correspondence has been the start of this huge project.

Dave remains busy with many other archival activities with the Northfield Mount Hermon School, the Yale Whiffenpoofs Alumni Inc., and the Rustic Ridge Association of Northfield.

Dave and his wife, Lucia, reside in Cheshire, CT. Their son, Tim, passed away in 2018. Tim, and his wife, Eve, were both on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania at the time of Tim’s death in 2018. Eve continues in that capacity. Their son, John, and his wife, Heather, are both lawyers in the Albany, NY area. 

Dave Powell
Dave Powell

Erwin Lutzer
Erwin Lutzer

Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years. He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law.

A clear expositor of the Bible, Dr. Lutzer is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world:

  • Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast;
  • Moody Church Hour—The Moody Church’s Sunday morning worship service;
  • Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943.

Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including: The Church In BabylonRescuing The GospelHe Will Be The PreacherThe Cross In The Shadow Of The Crescent, One Minute After You DieWhen A Nation Forgets God, and Christian Bookseller’s Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. He and his wife Rebecca have co-written the books: Life-Changing Bible Verses You Should Know and Jesus, Lover Of A Woman’s Soul.

His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including: Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He also leads tours to Israel and the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Dr. Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.


Richard (Rich) P. Bott, II is Chairman and CEO of Bott Radio Network, a national leader in Christian Talk Radio, featuring quality Bible teaching, Christian news and information programming 24/7. The network owns and operates 120 stations reaching into 16 states with a combined coverage of 63 million people. BRN is available worldwide online at BottRadioNetwork.com, BRN mobile apps, Apple TV, Roku, iTunes, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, and Amazon Echo.  He is the former Board Chairman of the National Religious Broadcasters and currently serves on the NRB Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the Council for National Policy. Rich also serves on the Board of Directors of Far East Broadcasting Company and Moody Center. Mr. Bott graduated with a M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He and his wife, Faye, live in Overland Park, Kansas.

Rich Bott
Rich Bott

Kurt Nelson
Kurt Nelson

 As President and Chief Executive Officer of East-West Ministries International, Donald “Kurt” Nelson provides leadership and oversight to all worldwide ministry endeavors in the 50+ countries in which East-West currently operates. After serving with East-West for 15 years, Nelson became President and CEO in June 2010 and has served with East-West for a total of 23 years.

Kurt serves on the Board of Directors for East-West Ministries, ECFA and The Moody Center. 

Kurt received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, his Master’s degree of Theology in World Missions from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree in Missions Leadership from Columbia International University.

He and his wife, Pat, have been married for 32 years and have nine children (three of whom were adopted from Russia), six grandsons and one granddaughter.