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Bishop Eric L. Cannady Bio

FrontofthepastorspageunderpastorsdeskweeklyPastor Cannady is a man of God with a vision for the future. God has placed him in leadership in the Body of Christ for such a time as this. Even as a very young child, the call of God was evident in his life. He was born in Baltimore, MD and was a member of the Refuge Way of the Cross Church. Our current Presiding Bishop, Leroy H. Cannady, was his pastor. At the age of 11, his father relocated the family to the metro Atlanta area and he has resided there ever since. The family joined the Bible Way Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, under the leadership of Bishop Matthew Norwood, the current Presiding Bishop for the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Cannady accepted his call to the ministry at the age of 22 and worked diligently at Bible Way. He served as Youth President, lead trumpet player, instructor for both the Sunday School Department and Bible Institute, member of pastor’s cabinet and ministry staff, and a member of the leadership team.

Pastor Cannady has also worked with Bishop Earley Dillard of Martinsville, VA. Bishop Dillard has given guidance and instruction on the intricate details of developing a ministry. God has given him the honor and privilege of working with three very fine Bishops who have provided a wealth of knowledge and wisdom.

On June 9, 2002, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Cannady opened the doors to the Atlanta Metro Way of the Cross Church. For the first nine months, the church used a meeting room for worship services on Sundays at 11:00 am. On March 23, 2003, the doors to a new sanctuary were opened. The church was located on 4600 Rockbridge Rd., Stone Mountain, GA 30083. Then, on December 6, 2004, God blessed Atlanta Metro to close on a new sanctuary. The address is 781 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA 30083. The first service was held on Sunday pastorprayingDecember 19, 2004. This church building has a sanctuary that will seat 400, chapel, fellowship hall, offices, restrooms, computer lab, and more. Worship and educational opportunities include Sunday school, Sunday morning and evening service, early morning prayer and a Wednesday night bible study. God has also opened the doors to a radio ministry, Apostolic Impact, that is broadcast every Sunday at 3 pm on WAEC Love 860 am. To God be the glory!

Pastor Cannady earned a B.S. Degree in Finance from the University of Delaware and a M.B.A. degree from Brenau University. He has taken courses at the Apostolic Christian College and the Academy of Christian Counselors. He is currently in pursuit of a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.

Pastor Cannady was ordained an Elder in the Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International in August 2001 at the 57th Annual Holy Convocation in Norfolk, VA. In August of 2007, during the 53rd National Youth for Christ Convention, Pastor Cannady was elected to serve as the 2nd Vice President for the National Youth for Christ division of the Way of the Cross Churches of Christ, Int. In August of 2008, he was elevated to the position of District Elder over the state of Georgia churches.

On August 3, 2012, during the 68th Annual Holy Convocation in Arlington, VA, Pastor Cannady was consecrated to the sacred office of Bishop. This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes!

Pastor Cannady is married to his love, the former Tonia Dillard of Martinsville, VA. They have three beautiful children, daughter Lincia Brooke and sons Christian Dillard and Ashton Dillard Cannady.