Where many see destitution and despair, he sees great opportunity and hope. As the senior pastor of Rhema International Church for over 20 years, Bishop Eric Lloyd is committed to not only preaching the unadulterated Word of God—but he is intentional about taking ministry beyond denominational, racial and geographical boundaries. As the President, CEO and co-Founder of Rhema Television Network, his ministerial reach and impact stretch far beyond Detroit or even the state of Michigan. His reach impacts over 40 million homes worldwide through multiple live and on-demand platforms, positioning him as a 21st-century leader in both the marketplace and ministry.
Under his tutelage, Rhema International Church has become known as a beacon of light and love in and around the metropolitan Detroit community. Besides the onsite food pantry, the weekly food box program through Gleaners and outreach at the nursing home, Rhema also houses a baby pantry, where less-fortunate parents can receive everything from diapers and clothes to new cribs and playpens. Additionally, Rhema also hosts a quarterly community baby shower, as well as a community health fair. Hundreds of students have been fortunate to attend the annual back-to-school program, where Bishop Lloyd and staff make sure students have new backpacks and school supplies in the fall.
As the Presiding Bishop and founder of Rhema International Fellowship of Churches, Bishop Lloyd oversees numerous churches throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Africa, Ireland and Canada. However, his success as a businessman and entrepreneur spans far beyond the four walls of the church. Serving as the owner of Lloyd & Lloyd’s LLC and the Dean of Education for Lloyd’s Theological School of Ministry, additionally, he is the founder of the Edge Christian Light Club Ministry and president and CEO of Edge Records.
Through his leadership and labor of love, Bishop Lloyd has been honored by mayors of several cities, as well as the Detroit and Warren City Councils. He was also one of four ministers in the state of Michigan who was honored by Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. His service as former board member of the Sex Education Advisory Council for the Macomb County Van Dyke School District in Warren, Michigan positioned him as a community activist, philanthropist and humanitarian—leaving a mark on the lives of others that cannot easily be erased.