OUR CHURCH HISTORY
Word For Life Ministries, Inc. (WFLM) began its existence in 2000 under the leadership of Pastor Elder Joel E. Bowdan II. It was the desire of Pastor Bowdan that this ministry be a haven for those that had been hurt and were bound by sin and those that just needed to know more about God and His Word. Pastor Bowdan was confident that if he could plant the Word of God into the lives of these souls that the Word would then renew life in them and enable them to find their rightful place in the Body of Christ.
The young church initially started with midweek bible studies at the home of Pastor Joel and Lady Christina. As God begin to grow the ministry Pastor decided to move out of his home into a new location to allow for Sunday worship services as well.
In February of 2001, WFLM begin having services in a room at the Copley YMCA located at 3901 Landis Avenue in San Diego, California. We began with six adults and five children. By the grace of God we continued to grow and receive new parishioners into our fellowship. Many were baptized in Jesus' name and filled with the Holy Ghost, souls were restored back to God, and backsliders were returning to their first love, "Jesus Christ", developing a true relationship with Him.
2007 marked our year of transition at WFLM; starting with it's leadership. After leading the ministry for over 6 years while battling his own health issues, Pastor Bowdan finally decided that it was time to pass on the mantel and in January of 2007, he relinguished his role as Senior Pastor of Word For Life Ministries and passed the torch on to his eldest son Elder Joel E. Bowdan III and his loving wife Minister Michele Bowdan. Together Pastor Joel III and Copastor Michele are continuing the work and vision of Word For Life Ministries that Pastor Emeritus Joel II & Lady Christina Bowdan began.
In March of 2007, WFLM was blessed to see another change for it's ministry. After worshipping at the Copley YMCA for over 6 years, the Lord gave favor for their faithfulness and opened the door for them to share the church facilities of Tabernacle de Fe (Faith Tabernacle) Church in the Normal Heights area of central San Diego. In June 2010, the Lord again opened the doors of favor allowing WFLM to move into our current facility located at 6380 El Cajon Blvd., in the College Area of San Diego. It was here that WFLM experienced growth, blessed the community, and held power-packed services, filling the sanctuary with praise and worship unto the Lord God, and allowing the presence of the Lord to change lives through prayer, praise and worship and the Word.
The year 2016 marks WFLM's 16th year in existence as well as the tenth pastoral anniversary of Pastor Joel III and Copastor Michele Bowdan. In June of 2016, WFLM moved into our new facilities located at 3505 Camino Del Rio South in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. It is at this location that the Lord continues to bless WFLM to preach the gospel, reach the lost and hurting, train and equip new converts and aged saints alike for elevated service in the kingdom of God. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continues to change hearts and to draw souls into His Kingdom such as should be saved.
Come and worship with Word for Life Ministries and experience God's renewal, refreshing, revival, and reconciliation in your life. We are looking for those who are not ashamed to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and to tell of God's goodness to a world that is in need of Him. We look forward to seeing you!
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