Our History

Word of Life Evangelical Church began its ministry in 1990. David Whitehurst was the founding pastor, beginning the church with the vision of offering a unique blend of worship that brought together some of the best features of historical, traditional Christianity with contemporary, Spirit-filled approaches. The church continues in this vision today, with scriptural balance being a priority. 

Pastor David Whitehurst is the son of a missionary and United Methodist minister. As a child, he spent five years on the mission field in Chile, South America but graduated from Liberty High School in Bedford, Virginia. David went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University and a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. David pastored nine years in a United Methodist church and then felt called to plant a church in Bedford that offered a combination of both traditional and contemporary worship.    

Called to Bedford
to Pastor and Serve