From the beginning of the ministry, even to this present time God has spoken clearly that His Word is to be taught. Our history reflects that we faithfully teach and preach the Word of God and have done so every week of this ministry’s existence. The Key of Life Ministries (formally The Eagles’ Vision Christian Center) now resides inside the Elevation Community Church 234 Center Road, in Bedford, Ohio.
In March of 1993 the Word f the Lord came, saying “it is time to start the church” to Pastor Jesse and Pastor Barbara. The Lord spoke of a prayer group that needed to be formed. This prayer group was formed in May of that same year. They started praying the first of June 1993. Mrs. Sylvia Hawthorne, Mrs. Joslin Poston (then: Horne), Mrs. Camille Whiteside and Pastor Barbara Erkins met weekly and faithfully for prayer. All four women prayed and did spiritual warfare by revelation, through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
On July 11, 1993, The Eagles’ Nest Christian Center was born. Aside from the Pastor’s family, we had three in attendance on the day of our first service. God moved in a mighty way. We were blessed to have Prophets Ray Garner and Skip Jones from Rhema Christian Center, Columbus, OH; under the Pastorate of Layfayette Scales in attendance! God spoke a Word of comfort and exaltation to let us know that He was on our side. The first person to officially join our ministry was Mr. Hezeheiah Dawson.
The first ordination the church held was in November of 1993. Mr Terry and Mrs. Freddie Meister were ordained as deacons The first baptism we held at Good Shepard Baptist Church on the first Sunday Evening of January, 1994. Our first candidate to go down in the water was Jessica Erkins. Pastor Jesse Erkins did the baptism. The first wedding ceremony performed was the marriage of Ms. Thelica Fowler and Mr. Lester Parrish. This wedding was in August, 1994. The first baby to be dedicated was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Devera Woods. The Eagles’ Nest has followed the Lord’s glory cloud for four years and it has resulted in several worship locations.
We started in the home of the Pastors in July through August 1993 at 20875 South Woodland Rd. in Shaker Heights, Ohio. From September 1994 until April 1995 we were at Amasa Stone for 1 year and then relocated to various hotels; The Marriott, The Holiday Inn and the Radisson, in the Eastern suburbs. May 1995 through April 1996 we were at an office complex in Beachwood, Ohio. From April 1996 we were at the Courtyard. From there we resided at Fairfax Elementary, Monticello Middle School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Our covering those years was Dr. John Knight of the Southwest vision Center of Strongsville, Ohio from October of 1994 through June 1997. Dr Knight was being transferred to the state of Florida to mnister in a greater ministry and school. The Pastors sought the Lord regarding a new covering and God spoke that it was to be Pastors Robert and LaVern Joyce of Life Worship Training Center, formerly New Jerusalem Deliverance Church in Pontiac, MI. We continue. to expect great things from God through our spiritual covering. June of 1997, we resided at 18913 Nottingham Rd. in Cleveland, Ohio waiting for our new church building in the Eastern suburb. Key of Life Ministries (formally The Eagles’ Nest Christian Center found a home in the Eastern suburb of Cleveland Heights at Grace Luthern Church, 13001 Cedar Rd. until their doors permanently shut in June of 2015. During this time we hosted several women’s prayer breakfast and luncheons, prophetic conferences and men’s Bible studies. During this time, the church’s name officially became Key of Life Ministries.