Our Church

Breath of Life Ministries is a nondenominational Bible-focused church that is devoted to applying the truths of Scripture to everyday life through simple and practical teaching. From our inception our desire has been to guide people into the light by introducing them to God and teaching them how to transition from merely knowing about God to truly knowing God. We also assist those who already know God to develop a deeper and stronger relationship with Him.

If you are in the Harrisburg area and don’t have a church home, you are more than welcome join our family at Breath of Life.

Breath of Life Ministries



6340 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111

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About Us

Our church is primarily a spiritual school that helps people develop their relationship with God through:

• The teaching of the Word
• The fellowship of believers
• The development of our divine character

Breath of Life Ministries is a nondenominational Bible teaching church. We ensure that in all areas of ministry, our focus remains on the most important thing: the Word of God. Our goal is to accurately interpret and communicate God’s Word thereby having a positive eternal impact on everyone in attendance.

Breath of Life Purpose
To provide a safe place where people can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Breath of Life Vision
To be a New Testament type church that:

• Provides healing of the spirit, soul, and body
• Prepares God’s people for effective corporate and personal ministry
• Shows the world a glimpse of the divine through the way we live our lives

To provide spiritually mature disciple makers in this generation and in the generations to come.

Our beliefs at Breath of Life Ministries are simple:

We believe the Bible to be the only infallible Word of God. We believe in the Triune God of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; these three being one. We believe that God is the creator of all, that Jesus is the only begotten of the Father, and Savior of man, and that the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father through the Son to bring new birth to all who believe and receive the gift of Christ.

We believe that the church universal is the body of Christ and the local church is designed by God for the development, training and fellowship of believers. We believe in the rapture of the church, the second coming of Christ, the eternal judgment of God and the new heaven and the new earth where believers will live forever with God.

God the Father is the Creator of all things, the universe and all therein. He is the Author of all life. He has unconditional love for man: His creation. He sent his Son into the world to pay for the penalty of sin in order to redeem man back to himself.

Jesus Christ
Jesus is the only begotten of the Father, and Savior of man. He is all God and all man simultaneously. Jesus Christ took our place, bore our sins, and was crucified as the ultimate sacrifice paying the penalty for sin. He was resurrected on the third day after His death, and is currently seated at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf. He is also living in the hearts of all who receive Him as Savior and Lord. Jesus will come again in the clouds to rapture his church from the earth.

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father through the Son to bring new birth to all who believe and receive the gift of Christ. He is our personal helper and our comforter. He leads us, guides us, teaches us, and reminds us of all that Jesus has said. “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”

The Bible
The Bible is the living and infallible Word of God. It is God’s revelation to man revealing His nature, His character, and His will. The Bible is the most historically accurate book on the planet. It is the only book written by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is literally the Word of Life. It is “the more sure Word of prophesy,” the complete revelation of God, and is without contradiction.

Our Pastor

Bruce J. Smith Sr. has been in ministry for over 30 years. He was licensed in August of 1977 and ordained in September of 1979 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by the Churches of God in Christ, headquartered in Memphis Tennessee.

He graduated with honors from Christ College in Tulsa Oklahoma with an Associates of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies in 1988. He graduated with honors from Lancaster Bible College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible in 1997.

Bruce J. Smith Sr. has served as Associate Minister, Assistant Pastor, and Pastor of several churches in the Harrisburg area, and is now serving as founder and Pastor of Breath of Life Ministries.

In all of his years of ministry Bruce J. Smith Sr. has exercised his gifts through:

  • Conducting Weddings
  • Conducting Funerals
  • Formal Mentoring
  • General Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Outreach
  • International Ministry
  • Music Ministry
  • Prayer
  • Philanthropy

Aside from ministry Bruce enjoys spending time with his children, golfing, singing karaoke and watching movies.

I am privileged and honored to be the pastor of Breath of Life Ministries. This church is the closest to the New Testament church found in the Book of Acts, that I have ever been a part of. Although there is no perfect local church on planet earth, I have seen and experienced the hand of God on this fellowship unlike any other I have been a part of. If you are in our area of the country, I would like to personally invite you to join us for some of the most wonderful fellowship and practical teaching of God’s word available today. Our goal, as a church, is to help people find, understand, and know this wonderful God we serve and love. We extend to you our welcome, and so look forward to having the opportunity of sharing his liberating truth and love with you. Your fellow servant of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Pastor Bruce J. Smith, Sr.


Sunday Morning Worship Service

10:00am – 11:30am
•    Opening Prayer
•    Praise and Worship
•    Praise Reports
•    Poetry Reading
•    Offering
•    Prayer Requests/Pastorial Prayer
•    Delivery of God’s Word
•    Benediction

Wednesday Night Bible Study

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday night Bible Study is a relaxed classroom oriented setting that is more conducive to open discussion of the Bible. It allows us to take a closer look at Scripture in order to gain a better understand of the life-changing truths contained therein.These more personal sessions provide the opportunity to ask questions and have open and honest dialogue as well.

Thursday Night REACHOUT Meeting

7:00pm – 8:00pm
REACHOUT is a Christ centered 12 step support group. Our goal is to reach out with understanding, compassion, empathy and love to those who are struggling with addictions and problems in their lives. We use the Christian 12 steps, and Scripture as our guide. By sharing our own experiences, our hope is that we may help others with their problems. Meetings are held in confidence every Thursday night. If you would like more information, please call Linda at 939-0572.

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