Breath of Life SDA History
A Great Vision
A dream for which many in the Memphis Adventist community had long awaited finally came to fruition in the late summer of August 1976. Robert Leslie Willis, who was then pastor of the Longview Heights Seventh Day Adventist Church, often talked about the establishment of a third church in the Memphis area. His vision was that he and his friend, the eloquent Charles D. Brooks of the Breath of Life telecast, would one day work as a team to conduct a citywide evangelistic crusade in Memphis, Tennessee. Elder Willis’ dream was realized on the aforementioned date when the Breath of Life Seventh Day Adventist Church was officially organized and formally accepted into the sisterhood of churches in the South Central Conference of Seventh Day Adventists.
Victor LaGrunt Brooks was selected by the conference committee to shepherd the flock as the first Pastor of Breath of Life in Memphis. To ensure the success and growth of this new body of believers, eight hand-picked saints were recommended to be transferred from the Longview Heights Church to the newly established church. The recommended members for transfer were Richard Harrell, Sr, Goldie Harrell, Thelma Perkins, William Bufford, Learah Bufford, Denise Willis, Jereldine Taylor, and Omerror Dawson III.
Ups & Downs
During the early years of the church’s history, the members used as their theme songs “There’s A Sweet Sweet Spirit” and “We’ve Come This Far By Faith.” It was the words of these songs that brought us through our down periods to our up periods. We first worshipped at the Longview Church in Gray’s Chapel. From there we moved to Alcy Junior Academy. Our next worship site was Memphis Junior Academy. We were shifted to and fro like a ship without a sail until finally we were blessed to secure the worship site located at 2999 Barron. Thirty years were spent at this location. During which, projects were completed, souls were saved, churches were founded, and membership grew.
A Bright Future
It was important for Breath of Life to have a place of worshipped that accommodated the ever growing membership and fit the need of future years. On January 17, 2003, the final papers were signed for a new location. And on April 5, 2003, Breath of Life worshipped in their new home at 5665 Knight Arnold Road. Breath of Life continues to serve its members and the community while spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that in following Christ, we will always provide refuge and rejuvenation for hurting souls.