PASTOR LINWOOD DILLARD
Elder Linwood Dillard, Jr. is the proud Founding Pastor of the Citadel of Deliverance Church of God in Christ, one of the most thriving and fast growing ministries in the Memphis area. He is happily married to the lovely and most gracious Mrs. Stephanie Marie Dillard. They are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters-Faith Marie and Joy Marie; and one handsome son-Linwood, III.
Since the age of 15, the anointing on Pastor Dillard’s life has affected many lives through his evangelistic, deliverance, and pastoral ministries. Countless souls have been saved, sick bodies have been healed, and lives have been changed. That ministry has transcended social, racial, socio-economic, and denominational barriers. The relevant and timely message which God has given him has a multi-generational appeal. As a result, he has been afforded the opportunity to be the guest speaker and lecturer at various colleges and social organizations. Pastor Dillard is also an anointed musician, author, administrator, businessman, and director. He has been recognized for his leadership skills and organizational abilities in the religious and social communities. Since his teen years, Pastor Dillard has worked in almost every conceivable capacity in the church.
Pastor Dillard successfully served as Youth Department President and Chairman of the Jurisdictional AIM Convention for the Tennessee Central Jurisdiction COGIC.under the leadership of Bishop W.L. Porter. Currently, he serves the jurisdiction as Executive Assistant to the Bishop. Also, he faithfully served as a Regional Director and Executive Secretary of the Church of God in Christ International Youth Department (IYD) under two administrations. In 2006, the former Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, the late Bishop G.E. Patterson, appointed Pastor Dillard as the Assistant Secretary of the COGIC National Tithing Fund Commission. In 2009, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake appointed Pastor Linwood Dillard as the President of the International Youth Department of COGIC. Under the innovative leadership and extensive plan of Pastor Dillard, the department has taken a quantum leap into the 21st Century utilized technology, a contemporary organizational structure and a “team” strategy to meet the challenges of today’s youth. Pastor Dillard has proposed and implemented the development of a strategic plan for the department as well as developed commissions to meet the ever changing environment that our youth deal with daily. Those commissions and ministries include Young Adult Ministries, Education, Juvenile Crime Prevention and Reduction, Recreation and Organized Sports, Information Technology, Spiritual Empowerment, College and Career Preparatory, College Campus Ministries, Youth Pastors Network, Young Preachers Network, and many others. Pastor Dillard was elevated by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake a second time in 2013 to the Office of Chairman of the International Auxiliaries in Ministries (AIM) Convention which is held annually the 1st week of July. This is an annual summer convention of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. and is geared toward spiritual enrichment, training, education, empowerment, and fellowship. AIM consists of five major departments: Music, Youth, Missions, Sunday School, and Evangelism.
Pastor Dillard holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering with Chemical and Environmental Concentrations from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is also a graduate of the W. L. Porter Bible Institute, which is accredited by the Evangelical Training Association. In addition to his former employment at Shelby County Government as an Engineer, he has also served in local and regional leadership roles in various social organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Society of Black Engineers, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Pastor Dillard has received numerous awards, recognitions, and commendations for his academic, ministerial, and social involvement and accomplishments; including being featured in EBONY Magazine in 2006 as one of 30 Young Leaders Under 30 and being honored as an Outstanding Community Leader at the 2015 Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change "Join Hands for Change" Gala.