Dr. Leroy Thompson, Sr. Founder/President
In 1972, Dr. Leroy Thompson was born again in September and water baptized in October. He was called into the ministry on December 30, l973, and ordained May 24,1975.
To effectively execute the call on his life, he attended Christian Bible College of Louisiana where he earned Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate of Theology Degrees and Doctorate of Divinity. To further enhance his training, he taught at his Alma mater for several years.
Dr. Thompson has been in the ministry for 35 years, Pastoring for 33 of them. With all degrees in retrospect, he still did not know victory, according to God's standards, until he was exposed to the Word of Faith through the Ever-Increasing Faith and Kenneth Hagin Ministries.
In the fall of 1983 he was baptized with the Holy Ghost and his life catapulted. He captured the knowledge of the truth richly exhibited in the powerful Word of God. Knowing who he is in Christ, what belongs to him, and what he can do in Christ has burst forth a new creation. His ministry has been Ever-Increasing!
In 1984, he was instructed by the Spirit of God to change the name of the church from Mt. Zion Baptist Church (a 104 years old traditional Baptist church) to Word of Life Christian Center. He began teaching people how to live the life of faith; how to "walk by faith, not by sight; how to be well and not sick; how to live and not die; how to keep the devil under their feet; how to live the victorious abundant life in Christ Jesus; and how to be led by the Spirit of God." Church membership at that time was 75, majority being children. Membership has grown to 1700 and has tripled the population of Darrow.
He not only believes but he also knows that the keys to a successful ministry are the combination of praying in the spirit; living and teaching the Word of Faith; and following after the leadership of the Holy Ghost. He is married to Carolyn A. Thompson. They have four children, Leroy, Jr., Shauna, Donovan, and Clayton.