Pastors Vincent and Laura, along with their four children, left the New York area for Bradenton, Florida in August of 1997. Prior to leaving New York, Pastor Laura was a committed housewife and mother raising there four small children while Pastor Vin had a successful career in a prominent Wall St financial institution. Pastor Vin was also the president and founder of a management consulting practice as well as the COO of a high-tech startup. However, the Holy Spirit had very different plans for them. Soon after arriving in Florida, Word of Christ International Church was born with the help of Pastor Laura’s sister, Karen and her husband Bill. The first service was held in a science lab classroom at Haile Middle School. As the church grew, WOCIC met in other places until they arrived at their current home in East Bradenton at a location simply called “The Meeting Place”. This name comes from the Hebrew word “mow’ed“, which is translated ‘meeting place’ or ‘appointed place’ … the place where God told Moses He would meet with him (Numbers 17:4). It is here where they pastor a passionate and vibrant group of spirit-filled believers who genuinely desire to see the Kingdom of God strongly anchored in the Manasota region.