Bishop L. D. Skinner, Sr. was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the son of the late Richard Sr. and Alethia Bembry Skinner. He is the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Bread of Life Christian Center and the Founder and Presiding Prelate of Explosion Ministries Fellowship Association of Churches (EMFAC) – A fellowship of Interdenominational Ministers, Pastors, and Bishops, who look to him for covering, counsel and connectedness. Additionally, Bishop Skinner has several “Timothys”, ministerial students he has trained and mentored actively pastoring. His ministry has often served as a model for excellence because he portrays the essential balance of sense and soul, fire and focus, inspiration and integrity. Ultimately, Bishop Skinner is a drum major for the cause of Christ.
A graduate of North Carolina College of Theology, Bishop Skinner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts in Theology and also a Doctor of Theology Degree in Biblical Studies from the same institution. He also holds a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Christ United Theological School.
Bishop Skinner formerly served as the Vice President of the Columbus Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Vice President of the Columbus NAACP, Chaplain and Counselor at the House of Mercy, Volunteer Chaplain at the Jack T. Ruthledge Correctional Institution, and a member of the Metro Columbus Ministerial Alliance. Currently, he is a member of the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops, member of the Dr. Creflo Dollar’s Ministerial Association, Board Member of North Carolina College of Theology, Board Member of the Columbus Salvation Army, member of the NAACP, member of the Columbus Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and the Columbus Urban League. He is the author of 4 life-impacting books: “Overcoming Grasshopper Mentality: How To Whip Negative Thinking in Eleven Easy Steps”, “Prayer an Awesome Weapon”, “Encounters with God” and his latest book “Ordered Stops.”
His is married to the lovely Lady Ruth McDaniel Skinner, who is a fulltime co-ministry laborer with Bishop Skinner. They have 3 sons, Pastor L. Darnel Skinner, Jr., Darrell L. Skinner, and Darius L. Skinner. They are also the proud grandparents of 8.
His motto is, “Neither success or failure is based upon what other say about you, or how they feel about you, but is based totally on what God says about you, what you say about yourself, how you feel about yourself and what you do about your situation.” Other mottos he lives by are: “If you want to be of HELP TO GOD, you MUST SERVE your fellowman” and “If you want to be extraordinary, you must stop doing ordinary things.”