Bread of Life Story
In 1995, while serving in the United States Army at Fort Hood Texas, Pastor Eric L. White had an undeniable encounter with God while pulling in his driveway that would ultimately alter his career goals. Pastor White recalls his encounter “as being overcome by the presence of the Holy Spirit in his car that brought a peace that surpasses all understanding and joy unspeakable”. The presence of the Holy Spirit was so strong that he could not get out of the car. It was during this encounter that Pastor White received instructions that he would shepherd God’s people. After serving 8 honorable years in the military, Pastor White transitioned with his family to the civilian life fueled with a new vision.
As Pastor White’s transitioned from the military in October 1995, he was employed by Corning Incorporated, which brought the “White Family” to Cincinnati. After visiting numerous churches, they were led by the Holy Spirit to visit and ultimately join Love and Faith Christian Fellowship in the Anderson Township area. It was there they continued to serve the Lord, their Pastor and the congregation in numerous ministry roles culminating as Marriage Ministry Leaders and Congregational Elder. During this time, Pastor White enrolled in Christian Life School of Theology where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Theology.
After serving faithfully for over six years, Pastor White was led to share his testimony and vision for planting a local church with Bishop Michael Murray and his staff. The meeting resulted in an immediate laying on of hands to affirm the call on Pastor White’s life. In May 2001, during an evening service Pastor White was ordained and separated to plant and shepherd Bread of Life Christian Center, Inc.
On September 1st, 2002, Bread of Life Christian Center held its first service at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel located in Kenwood, Ohio. The church held worship service and bible study at the Hotel for over 2 years. While riding one day in the community of Kennedy Heights, Pastor White came upon a facility with a for sale sign in the lot. Upon further investigation, it appeared the church would not be in a position to obtain a bank loan or money for a sufficient down payment. With the odds seemly against the church, Pastor White stepped out to contact a bank who listened to the vision and ultimately provided us a loan to acquire the property.
In 2004, Pastor Eric submitted Bread of Life to his spiritual father, Apostle Nate Holcomb, founder and leader of Covenant Connections International and Christian House of Prayer. It was years earlier (1995) under the teaching of Apostle Holcomb that Pastors Eric and Angelia came into relationship with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
On January 5, 2005 we moved into a former Jehovah Witness facility, located at 5902 Robison Road in Kennedy Heights, Ohio. To our amazement, when we obtained ownership and access to the property, chairs and sound equipment were left by the previous owners. For the next three years, we became visible in the community through our outreach ministries named Love in Action, Adopt a Business, and SWAT (Soul Winning Action Team). Additionally, we conducted annual prayer walks and community picnics. As we begin to experience numerical growth, and newborn babies, we soon found ourselves with inadequate space for parking and our children. Not being able to obtain a permit to expand for our children, we were forced to look for a new location.
After a time of personal prayer the Lord instructed Pastor White to move into a new location by 2009. Again Pastor White stepped out on faith. Two weeks after communicating what the Lord instructed him to the congregation, Pastors Eric and Angelia were contacted by a local businessman who sowed $60,000 dollars for the move. In January 2009, we relocated into Elements Event and Conference Center and currently utilize our old location as the church’s Administrative annex. As a part of this move, we changed our name to Bread of Life Church. Later in October 2009, the Lord allowed us to start our 2 year bible school named “Sonship School of the Firstborn” founded by our Apostle and Overseer Nate Holcomb.
As we move forward in ministry, we are committed to winning the lost, training and equipping the Army of God to transform lives and communities.