loving god. loving people. serving both.
We Love God through learning His word and seeking His presence. Loving and seeking God is the beginning of everything in God’s Kingdom.
(Jeremiah 29:11-14, Acts 4:23-31)
We Love People through relationships and servanthood. Relational life in the church and the community is essential for faith to work through love.
(Matthew 16:16-19, Acts 2:42)
We Serve God and People through sharing the Gospel. Jesus sent His disciples into the world to share the Good News of God’s love. We are also sent.
(Matthew 28:16-20, mark 16:15-18)
“To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
(2 Peter 1:1)
We Seek God
We are in pursuit of the presence of God. This is critical to everything as a church family.
Psalms 27:4-14, Ephesians 6:18
Be Holy As He Is Holy
Holiness before God is the foundation for a church family to be clean and healthy.
1 Peter 1:13-16, Hebrews 12:14
Stay the Course
Being faithful to the end is required by Jesus. We are faithful even when it is hard.
James 1:1-4, Romans 12:9-11
We give because He Gave
We generously offer our time, treasure, and talents from a heart of love with pure motives.
Malachi 3:10, 1 John 3:17
He Forgave, We Forgive
Forgiveness has to be foundational in our lives. It reveals that God is at work in us.
Matthew 6:9-15, 18:21-35
Let’s Keep It Real
We seek an open atmosphere through vulnerability and transparency in relationships.
Philippians 2:12, Galatians 6:1-5
Honor Is Godly
If God is to honor our faith, we must learn to honor those who serve us with love and respect.
Romans 12:9-13, Exodus 20:12
Focus On Health, Not Scale
When we walk together with love, we grow in the faith, which is more than a program.
Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 5:1-5
He Served, We Serve
Servanthood reveals the nature and character of God in the church.
Matthew 20:20-28, Phil 2:1-11
Love Is Patient
Patience has to be a primary virtue in our care for others. We must strive for it.
1 Cor 13:4-7, Ephesians 4:1-6
God Deserves Our Best
We represent the Lord by doing our very best with our resources and how we treat others.
Daniel 6:3, 2 Corinthians 8:7
Everyone Can Ask
We believe healthy communication is a 2-way street. We welcome questions.
1 John 1:6-7, James 5:16
Tom Bedford was born and raised in the California Central Valley. After marrying his bride, Andrea, and finishing his education at Azusa Pacific University, he began to travel and minister. In 1995 he and his family moved to the Midwest to become part of the C2C Family of Churches. In 2011, Tom and his family moved back to California, where he began to lead Bread of Life Church of Fresno. Tom and his wife, Andrea, have five children and five grandchildren. He and Andrea travel nationally and internationally. He is also an avid electric guitar player and enjoys coffee.
A brief history of our journey.
Bread of Life Church of Fresno officially began in the fall of 2004 under the leadership of Gilbert and Ann Delgado, who have a long history of Christian service in the Fresno Area. After gathering friends and family members and a small church they were serving at the time, this small group came together to form Bread of Life Church of Fresno.
As the church looked for their next steps, they realized that another leader would need to serve Bread of Life Church. In the winter of 2011, Tom Bedford, who pastored a church in the Midwest, came to visit. In those days, it was clear that it was time for Tom and his wife, Andrea, who are native Californians, to return home. They returned to Fresno to walk with the church as they understood that Tom would eventually become the pastor.
Fast forward to 2018, when Bread of Life moved into its new home at 4201 W. Shaw in Northwest Fresno. In this new season, there is a new expectation in the church as Jesus leads us into the next steps of the journey.
Bread of Life Church is a part of the C2C Family of Churches in the United States. We are a family on a mission.