Pastor Eric V. Boatner, a native of Orange, Texas, was born to the proud parents of the late Deacon Ulysee Boatner and Mother Jimmie Lee Boatner. He is the youngest of five boys. He was raised in the Starlight Church of God in Christ in Orange, Texas, where his father was the head deacon and Sunday School Superintendent and his mother served as Church Mother and Intercessor. God had his hand on Pastor Boatner at a very young age. He was saved and danced in the spirit at the early age of seven years old. Pastor Boatner is learned and versed in the scripture today because of his foundation in the word as a young boy.
As years passed, Pastor Boatner grew to be strong, courageous and a leader among his peers. Pastor Boatner graduated from Lamar University in 1987 in Beaumont, Texas. He then moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he met his wife of 22 years, Lady Stephanie Lewis-Boatner. They have two sons, Daniel and Matthew, ages 19 and 15.
Pastor Boatner attended Heavenly Gospel Church of God in Christ for several years under the leadership of the late Superintendent Floyd G. Taylor, where he accepted his call to preach the gospel. He later joined Bethlehem Church of God in Christ in 1995 and closely followed the leadership and vision of his late Pastor, Elder James David Lewis. Pastor Boatner was ordained an Elder in the Church of God in Christ in June 1996, and graduated as Valedictorian of his class. Pastor Boatner served as the Evangelist President in the Stop Six District for approximately 10 years. He also served in the Texas Northeast Evangelist and Missions Department for many years.
Pastor Boatner innovatively and administratively served Bethlehem and Pastor Lewis with many jobs, including writing the Articles of Incorporation for the church and leading the 501c3 application process. Pastor Lewis knew he could count on Pastor Boatner and there was no job too large or too small at the church. After following Pastor Lewis for 13 years, God called Pastor Lewis home. Bishop J. Neaul Haynes appointed Elder Boatner as Pastor of Bethlehem Church of God in Christ on December 13, 2008.
Pastor Eric V. Boatner has a rich heritage of holiness, rivaled by his love for and dedication to the church. He is an anointed, passionate preacher and motivated speaker with a dynamic message of spiritual empowerment and family enrichment for practical living. His God-given vision continues to unfold as he leads Bethlehem to higher heights. Since his pastoral placement in 2008, more than $95,000 has been invested in the beautification and structure of the church.
Before the foundation of the world, Pastor Eric V. Boatner was predestined and called by God to be a pillar for his community and surrounding areas. The Lord has given Pastor Boatner a vision to lead the people of God to new dimensions in Christ. He is anointed to transform the lives of many to a positive sense of direction, including the young and the old. His ultimate goal is to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Boatner and Mother Jimmie Lee Boatner
Pastor Boatner surprised at his 50th birthday.
Bethlehem Church of God in Christ
Church Address: 4400 Wilbarger Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 50203, Fort Worth, TX 76105
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