HISTORY OF COD
Pastor Linwood & First Lady Stephanie Dillard planted Citadel of Deliverance Church of God in Christ with just 2 families in April 2001. The church actually began as a Bible Study Group. This core-group was developed at Wednesday Evening Bible Studies and meetings at the Holiday Inn-Mt. Moriah in Memphis, TN. The first Worship Service was held on Sunday, July 1, 2001, at the Pickering Memorial Community Center in Germantown, TN. This initial service was greatly attended and over 20 persons united with the church that Sunday. The church began to grow spiritually and numerically from that day. In October 2002, the congregation acquired 4 acres of property in Southeast Shelby County at 7749 Shelby Drive. The congregation has worked hard to facilitate the development of the property. The property was ill-maintained and overgrown but it is now cleared and ready for development. Plans are underway to construct a Multi-Purpose Center. The center will be used for Worship Services and will house the Administrative Offices, Education Excellence Center, Day Care Center, Computer Training Lab, Health and Fitness Center, Basketball Facilities, and a Commercial Kitchen. The Lord has favored this young congregation to make great strides in the community.
The congregation is currently made up of people from the Memphis area, Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, and Northern Mississippi. There are persons who travel over 60 miles weekly to attend. Citadel of Deliverance Church attributes its growth to a concerted effort at reaching the unchurched suburban population in a way that effectively communicates to today’s generation. The worship service is powerful and the music is anointed. People know they are welcome in their best suits or their most comfortable jeans. Citadel of Deliverance Church also is known to be a friendly church where the messages are practical and helpful in everyday in life. The Lord has anointed Pastor Dillard to minister His word in a powerful manner as he operates in the gifts of the Spirit. First Lady Dillard stands right by her husband’s side and is leader of the Women’s Ministry. She is an anointed teacher and prayer warrior.
The Lord has honored Pastor & First Lady Dillard’ spirit of humility and sacrifice. The Ministry of Prayer, Healing, and Deliverance characterizes the ministry of Citadel of Deliverance Church. Anyone, who has ever attended can attest to the fact that the presence of the Lord is certainly manifest. These are just a few reasons people come back.
Citadel of Deliverance is a Holiness-Pentecostal Church that is an active member of the world renown Church of God in Christ, Inc. headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. The Church of God in Christ denomination is comprised of over 15,000 churches with a membership of 8 million plus and has ministries in over 58 foreign countries. The International Presiding Bishop is Bishop Charles E. Blake of Los Angeles, CA. Also, Citadel of Deliverance is in the diocese under the leadership of State Prelate, Bishop W.L. Porter. Our Pastor, Elder Linwood Dillard, serves as the Director of Events Planning & Administration. In 2009 Pastor Dillard was appointed President of the International Youth Department.
You are always welcome to the Citadel of Deliverance Church of God in Christ. Your life will never be the same.