The Church History
We are thankful to the Almighty God today that 23 years and 14 days ago on September 13, 1986, twelve people met at the home of Brother Harry McKoy for an official meeting to discuss and decide on establishing a Church. From this meeting, we established Salvation and Deliverance Church of Leland, NC under the Salvation and Deliverance Headquarters' Church in New York. The headquarters' church was established in 1975 and Apostle William Brown is the Pastor, Founder, and General Overseer of the Salvation and Deliverance Church at 37 West 116th Street, New York, New York 10026, a worldwide God - given ministry.
We set up in an old rented building that was sub-standard and in need of many repairs. There were many discomforts, but we endured, for our minds were made up. Our first Officials were Evangelist Kenneth McKoy as Pastor; Minister Anthony Richburg as Assistant Pastor; Brother Haywood Miller as Deacon; and Brother Harry McKoy as head usher.
Our first service was held on September 14, 1986 and when the altar call was made for joiners, 15 people came forth and joined. Mother Lottie Sneed, who was called from labor to reward in 1997, was appointed our first Sunday School Teacher for the adults and Sister Lecia Grainger for the children with Sister Robin Freeman as assistant.
In April 1987, we were Blessed to purchase land to build a Church. In December of 1988, Bishop Kenneth McKoy decided to further his education and go to school in Connecticut. He officially resigned on February 12, 1989 leaving Elder Richburg as Pastor.
In March of 1989 we were Blessed to begin constructing our new church and on July 1st we vacated our rented building and moved to this church that some saw in visions even before the land was purchased.
We thank God for our Pastor, Apostle Richburg and his family who have served us faithfully for the past 20 years. His title has changed from minister to Elder to Bishop to Doctor to Apostle. He is still the same man but he is walking closer with God with a higher anointing and we are thankful that he is still our Pastor. We thank God for sending Pastor Richburg an assistant in 1998 and we thank Elder Corbett and his family for being obedience and joining. Evangelist Fayerence Richburg (First Lady) became our Co-Pastor this year. Ten Evangelists have been called into the ministry under Pastor Richburg and 19 Evangelists and 1 Elder have joined and served under him. We have 6 licensed Church Mothers and 11 licensed Missionaries.
Since establishing, God has Blessed the ministry with a van and in 1993, the late Deacon Freeman was given a vision to build a wagon that converts into a portable stage to be used in the outreach ministry when traveling for street meetings. In 1997, a picnic area was built and later changed into a building named in memory of Deacon Freeman as the H.B. Freeman Education building and Dining hall. In 2001, God Blessed the church to pay off our mortgage on the building 3 years earlier and to purchase a 48 passenger coach to be used by the church for traveling and also to be a blessing to other churches. In March of 2005, we purchased a brick home and 3 acres of land across the street from the church. Last year, we purchased a Recreational 21 passenger bus. We launched a web-site this year for the ministry (salvationanddeliverancenc.org). The vision of a 500 seat sanctuary that will connect with our present building is still alive and plans are being made.
God has and is still opening many doors for us. At present, we are still a small outreach ministry with growth, but our mission is very large and we are going to continue to do God’s will until he returns for us. In the past 22 years, we have gone through many trials; but with God we stood and with God we are still standing and with God we will continue to stand and go forth with victory. We solicit your prayers that God will continue to keep and use us for His Glory and Holy Will.