Bishop Nicholas Owens Soto is a native of Ossining, New York. He is the son of Jeretha Soto and Rodney Smith, Sr., and is the grandson of Reverend Dr. Myrtle O. Smith, Pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Bronx, New York. At the age of six he gave his life to the Lord Jesus and became an active member of the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Ossining, NY where his spiritual father in ministry, the late Dr. Arthur L. Lewter served as the Senior Pastor. At the age of seventeen, Bishop Soto answered the call to the gospel ministry and delivered his initial sermon at the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church on Sunday, October 24, 1998.
In January of 2005, Bishop Soto united with the Rehoboth Christian Church in Dobbs Ferry, NY under the pastoral leadership of Reverend Frieda P. Smith. While at Rehoboth, Bishop Soto taught Bible Study, served faithfully as the Youth Pastor, and was responsible for planning and overseeing their Annual Youth Explosion. In November of 2005, Bishop was ordained and later appointed as Assistant to the Pastor.
Bishop Soto has a passion for education, both secular and spiritual. For that reason, he maintains employment with elementary students at the Ossining School District. He received a Sacred Masters of Theology Degree from the Community Bible College, New York, New York and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Christ Theological Seminary.
Bishop Soto united with the St. Paul Baptist Church in Middletown, New York under the Pastoral leadership of Bishop Ray Anthony King, where he was given the task of instructing the associate ministers in preparation for their ministry assignments.
In November 2011, Bishop Soto founded the Agape Love Christian Church, Bronx, New York and currently serves as part of City of Refuge Fellowship Churches, Inc., under the leadership of Presiding Prelate, Bishop Tracy C. Holloman.
Bishop Soto’s spiritual burden to bring lost souls to Christ and encourage spiritual maturation and intimacy with God drives his commitment to spreading the gospel whenever the opportunity presents itself.
In January 2015 Bishop Soto was called to Pastor the First Baptist Church in Elmsford, New York.
In September 2017 the Lord summoned Bishop Soto to go deeper in the power of prayer and intercession. As a result, he began the Fresh Manna Prayer line that reaches the masses across the different states. Every morning at 7:00 a.m. people from across the world dial in to receive words of impartation and intercessory prayer. The Lord has moved mightily through this prayer line to the point that people that had cancer have been completely healed of their infirmity. As the Lord directs every year in November a Fresh Manna Prayer Conclave is held in New York.
In May 2019, Bishop Soto was consecrated to the office of Bishop in the Church of God under the leadership of Presiding Prelate, Bishop Tracy C. Holloman, City of Refuge Fellowship Churches Inc.
Bishop Soto thanks God every day for parents who knew the Lord, and for a grandmother who walks and talks with God and set a firm foundation early in his life that he continues to stand upon.
Two of his favorite scriptures – Philippians 4:13 and Philippians 4:19 – are his testimony: God has supplied all of his needs, and therefore, Bishop Soto is certain that he can do all things through Christ who gives him strength.