Discover Freedom and Acceptance

Here at Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington, DC, you can come as you are and be yourself. This new and growing church is a dwelling place of God where you can receive your deliverance and so worship God freely.

Foundation Scripture

For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.” - Philippians 1:19 (New Living Translation)

Mission and Focus

AME Zion Quadrennial Theme Focus:

The Freedom Church: Refocusing on our Purpose

Mission Statement

The mission of Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church is to be a beacon of hope and love to those who are oftentimes left out while ministering to families as they discover their destiny through salvation, sanctification, and discipleship.

Vision Statement

The vision focus of Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church is to make disciples of Christ by empowering the people of God to allow the spirit of God to give freedom, enhancing the quality of life of all we meet and educating the community to move into their destiny.

2017 – 2018 Deliverance Temple Focus:

007: Mission Possible - Salvation, Sanctification, Restoration, Proclamation, Participation, Education, Elevation

Destiny Growth Action Statements (Expectations)

  1. We will strive to glorify God in all that we do.

  2. We will live a life that is both holy and righteous to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by following the specific instructions that are outlined for us throughout the Holy Word of God.


  3. We will stand upon the Word of God as it relates to deliverance for we believe that as a person begins his/her Christian journey, he/she can be totally free and delivered from addictive habits, strongholds, unhealthy environments, and any other type of bondage that may have existed in the past.

  4. We will teach and believe that all born again believers should live a life that is both pleasing and acceptable unto God.

  5. We will minister to the inner part of man being his "soul." Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church will reach out to members, friends, and visitors with positive teaching and preaching of the word of God.

  6. As we grow, our vision includes providing various means of assistance to the community.

  7. We aim to be a very positive influence in the lives of the community by spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and by showing that this ministry is a place where "God dwells among us."

  8. We are confident that God will begin an internal process of restoration and transformation, thereby causing our outward conduct and appearance to reflect the God that lives within.

Our Church History

Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington D.C. was conceived through the Spirit of God and given to Rev. W. Ray W. Douglas, Jr. in summer of 2007. Our church started with a core group of persons committed to assisting Pastor Douglas with moving forward.


The initial planting core team members were: Rev. Dr. Nicole Johnson (now Johnson-Douglas), Monique Smith, Tanya Moore, Lucy Nedab Shedrick, Beverly Washington, and Joshua Maye. This small group met frequently, prayed and fellowshipped together, and devoted their personal time, energy, and resources to the establishment of our church.


We held our first worship service at the Bethel Assembly of God Church in Southwest, Washington, D.C. in September 24, 2011. In our first year, our church officially registered as a Corporation in DC, established a partnership with the Amidon Elementary School, and fed over 100 families during the Thanksgiving season.


In our second year, we continued to grow and established our first children’s ministry and youth ministry, held several community outreach efforts, and adopted homeless families from the DC General Shelter, as well as the Transitional Housing Corporation, Partner Arm 2 Program.


Our church continued with its new partnership with St. Lucille and branched out to have worship service and Bible study at The Courtyard Marriott from October 2013 through May 2013. Our collaboration with homeless families and schools also continued.


We have launched our first Reaching for the Prize Academic Excellence Program that was comprised of tutoring, advocacy, and college prep and readiness programs. In that year, we also began their Life Skills Academy with seven homeless families in DC for all who successfully completed the nine-month life skills program.


This year, we donated coats to children at Payne Elementary School and DC General Shelter, held its first Palm Sunday Outdoor Worship Experience, and continued to build our ministries. Our church is comprised of an ordinary group of people with extraordinary potential. They are united through various walks of life with one main objective: "Glorifying God to bring forth the deliverance in the life of someone else."


They strive to improve and mature as individual Christians while pressing to have a positive impact as the light of the world in the portion of God's vineyard. They hope to provide inspiration to others in seeking their rightful place in the Kingdom of God.


It was the hope of Rev. Douglas that from the very beginning, God will bless this ministry to grow. His goal is to make our church the place for people in our community to enhance their relationship with God and develop a greater knowledge and understanding of their individual purpose in life.


We are committed to serving those who are often labeled as the least and the last; even those sometimes labeled as the unlovable and the unreachable and taking them on a journey to reach their destiny through the Word, the community, and the Holy Spirit while also reaching and serving those who are well-established and labeled as the “elite.”


Our church is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, Philadelphia-Baltimore Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

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