Community remembers CHOP ministry founder Bishop Nate Holcomb

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Across Central Texas, those who knew Bishop Nathaniel Holcomb are remembering him as a great man and a servant leader.

Bishop Nathaniel Holcomb. (Christian House of Prayer photo)

As the night fell on Christian House of Prayer Ministries – the church Holcomb founded – his congregation is continuing to mourn a man who was their voice of comfort and spiritual leader.

Holcomb died Tuesday at the age of 66.

"He was a friend. True friend and whatever he said, he meant it. I learned from that. He was very dear to me,” Elder Joseph Solomon said.

Solomon added that while Holcomb was a leader here in Central Texas, he was also a light shining across the world.

"He was a sign that pointed us to Jesus, that's what he was. He was just a gift from God. It wasn't about him, it was all about the Lord and that's what he preached,” Solomon said.

Two days later, Holcomb’s death is still a shock.

"I really love my pastor and I’m really going to miss him, but I know he is in the best place. Kicking it up with Jesus and living it up. He is really going to be missed,” Kevin Knight said.

Holcomb, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, came to Fort Hood in 1980. From a bible study with 13 people to the huge church that sits off East Stan Schlueter Loop, CHOP has spread its wings across the world.

"The credit union, the lecture hall, the second-hand clothing store. You think about all that stuff, you even go on the family fun park. CHOP, under his leadership has touched about every facet in this community,” Killeen Councilman Gregory Johnson said.

As far as the next couple days and weeks for CHOP, members say Holcomb’s preaching about God and faith will carry them.

Thousands are expected from across the world at the church to pay their final respects to Holcomb.

Visitation is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 with a funeral service set for 11 a.m. on Dec. 6.