In January 2010, Al M. Stith, Sr. became the Pastor of Word of Life Church, International (WOLCI), Woodbridge, Virginia. As Senior Pastor, he is responsible for the spiritual growth and the holistic development of the souls of WOLCI. Pastor Stith has a contagious excitement about serving the Lord that carries over to the congregation of WOLCI.
Pastor Stith was born to the Late Moses and Katherine Stith in Petersburg, Virginia. He attended Bethesda Bible Way Church, where the foundation of his spiritual development was established at a young age. He served the ministry in several roles including young people’s president, choir director, along with other supporting positions.
After graduating from Petersburg High, Pastor Stith attended North Carolina A&T State University where, in 1980, he received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering. During his college years, he participated in campus spiritual activities and served as one of the choir directors and president of the University’s gospel choir.
In 1982, while attending the Antioch Church of Christ in Alexandria, Virginia, where the late Bishop Henry Roberts was pastor, Pastor Stith accepted the call to ministry and served faithfully on the ministerial staff. Prior to becoming Pastor of WOLCI, he and his family attended the Cornerstone Church of Christ in Alexandria, Virginia. There he served on the ministerial staff, taught Sunday School, and sang on the choir. In 1992, Pastor Stith felt the calling of the Lord to establish a church in Manassas, Virginia, and was there for several years. He was later asked to pastor a church in Triangle, Virginia. After praying and fasting about their next ministry endeavors, Pastor Stith and his family decided to worship with Pastor Edred C. Bryan and First Lady Bryan of WOLCI in Woodbridge, Virginia.
He enjoys playing a good game of Chess and all types of sports activities.
Pastor Stith is married to Patricia Stewart Stith, and they have five children and three grandchildren.
Pastor Stith’s concept of fellowship evolves around community. He strongly believes those who enter the grounds of WOLCI should experience a place of refuge, peace, and the awesome presence of God. This presence should be experienced whether one is in a service, a meeting, or performing maintenance on the premises.