Pastor Linwood & First Lady Stephanie Dillard planted Citadel of Deliverance Church of God in Christ with two families in April 2001. This core-group was developed at Wednesday Evening Bible Studies and meetings at an East Memphis hotel. The first Worship Service was held on July 1, 2001, at the Pickering Memorial Community Center in Germantown, Tennessee. At this inaugural service, more than 20 persons united with the church, and the spiritual and numerical growth has continued from that day. In October 2002, the congregation acquired 4 acres of property in Southeast Shelby County at 7749 East Shelby Drive. Through the diligent efforts of the congregation, the ill-maintained and overgrown property was cleared and prepared for development. Thirteen years later, this congregation consists of over 300 members, a beautiful 350 seat worship edifice, two locations, various ministries, and Pastor Dillard is convinced that the best is yet to come! He attributes their growth first to the power of God and then a concerted effort at reaching the un-churched suburban Southeast population in a way that effectively communicates to today’s generation. The Citadel Church Family makes sure that every person who enters the doors feels welcomed and understands that whether they wear their best suits or their most comfortable jeans, they are truly in a place “Where Lives are Saved, Safeguarded, and Supported.”

Citadel of Deliverance Church attributes its growth to a concerted effort at reaching the suburban population in a way that effectively communicates to its multigenerational demographic. The current congregation is comprised of members from the Metropolitan Memphis and Northern Mississippi areas, with congregants who travel over 60 miles to attend multiple services each week. Countless others are reached through our televised services, webcasts, and various social media outlets. Members and visitors alike are drawn to the Ministry of Prayer, Healing, and Deliverance where the music is anointed and the worship experience is powerful. “The Citadel” is known as a friendly church where the messages are practical and applicable to everyday life. Anyone who has attended or even viewed a service can attest to the fact that the presence of the Lord is certainly manifest. Often visitors become family members or long-term friends of the ministry.

God has given Pastor Dillard a great vision, and the people of Citadel have a mind to work. Plans are underway to construct the Excellence Center, Day Care Center, Computer Training Lab, Health and Fitness Center, Basketball Facilities and a Commercial Kitchen. God continues to favor this congregation in its efforts to make a difference in the community. You are always welcome to the Citadel of Deliverance Church of God in Christ. Your life will never be the same.