Howard Storm was born in Newton, MA, in 1946 and for many years, he lived the American dream. He had a fine home, a family, and, for 20 years, a successful career as an artist and art professor at Northern Kentucky University. Like many of his colleagues in the academic community, he was an atheist, believing that “When you die, you die, and that’s it.”
In June, 1985, he took a group of his art students to Paris. Without warning, he found himself in the hospital in excruciating pain, awaiting an emergency operation and he realized with horror that his death was a real possibility.
Storm was totally unprepared for what was to happen next. He found himself out of his body, staring at his own physical form. But this was no hallucination; he was fully aware and felt more alive than ever before. In his spirit form, Storm was drawn into fearsome realms of darkness and death, where he experienced the terrible consequences of a life of selfishness and materialism.
However, his journey also took him into regions of light where he conversed with angelic beings and the Lord of Light Himself, who sent him back to earth with a message of love.
Following his near-death experience, his life was transformed. He eventually studied to become a pastor and in 1992 was ordained in the United Church of Christ. He now is pastor at Zion United Church of Christ in Cincinnati, Ohio.
On numerous occasions he has communicated the message he received from his experience to various groups and through the media, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, 48 hours and the Discovery Channel. He wrote an account of his experience, “My Descent into Death,” which was published in 2000.
“…I consider Howard Storm’s near-death experience one of the greatest that I am aware of…” —George Ritchie, author of “Return From Tomorrow” and “Ordered to Return.”