Discover Freedom and Acceptance

The Lord accepts and welcomes everyone who runs into His embrace. Here at Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington, DC, you can come as you are and be yourself. This 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. This type of lifestyle is made possible only if we follow 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 was conceived through the Spirit of God and given to Rev. W. Ray W. Douglas, Jr. in summer of 2007. However, it was not until after he relocated to the District of Columbia and served as the Youth Minister at a church in Washington, DC, in May 2011 that the Lord allowed Rev. Douglas to go through the labor pains associated with the delivery of Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church.

At the 182nd Annual Session of the Philadelphia-Baltimore Conference, Bishop Warren Matthew Brown acknowledged the request to begin the work of Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion and appointed the organizing Pastor, Rev. W. Ray W. Douglas, Jr.


Deliverance Temple 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 together, fellowshipped together, and devoted their personal time, energy, and resources to the establishment of Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church.


On Sunday, September 24, 2011, Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church held its first worship service at the Bethel Assembly of God Church in Southwest, Washington, DC and officially received its first members, Kierra Butler and her young daughter and Brittany Johnson and her young children.


Deliverance Temple worshipped in the afternoons at Bethel until April 2012. During the first year of establishment, Deliverance Temple officially registered as a Corporation in DC, established a partnership with the Amidon Elementary School, and feed over 100 families during the Thanksgiving season.


At the 183rd Annual Session of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Annual Conference, in May 2012, Bishop Warren Matthew Brown reappointed Rev. W. Ray. W. Douglas, Jr. as the Pastor. On Sunday, June 24, 2012, Rev. W. Ray W. Douglas, Jr. married Rev. Dr. Nicole A. Johnson-Douglas. On Sunday, July 8, 2012, Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church welcomed their first, First Lady and Associate Minister, Rev. Dr. Nicole A. Johnson-Douglas.


In July 2012, Deliverance Temple began worshipping at the home of Pastor Ray and Rev. Nicole Douglas. During the second year of existence, Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church continued to grow and established its 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.


With a growing congregation, Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church began worshipping with the St. Lucille A.M.E. Zion Church for communion worship service on the first Sunday of July 2013 while worshipping at the Pastor’s home on the remaining Sundays.


To continue to serve the families in the Southwest/Southeast Quadrant of Washington, DC, in September 2013 to celebrate the second anniversary of the church, the leadership team voted to move to The Courtyard Marriott-Navy Yard. Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church continued 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.


During this year, Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church continued its previous partnerships with the homeless families and school as well as launched its first Reaching for the Prize Academic Excellence Program that was comprised of tutoring, advocacy, and college prep and readiness programs. In that year, they also began their Life Skills Academy with seven homeless families in DC for all who successfully completed the nine-month life skills program.


At the 185th Annual Session of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Annual Conference held at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center, in May 2014, Bishop Richard K. Thompson reappointed Pastor Douglas as the Pastor of Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church and commissioned him to merge the existing Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church with Victory Worship A.M.E. Zion Church, formerly pastored by Rev. Donna G. Warren.


On Sunday, June 1, 2014, Pastor Ray Douglas held the first worship service with the Victory Worship A.M.E. Zion Church parishioners in Temple Hills, Maryland on Wheeler Hills Road. On Sunday, June 15, 2014, the first joint worship service was held between the two congregations at the Wheeler Hills Road property. In July 2014, Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church began worshipping at its temporary worship location at the St. Lucille A.M.E. Zion Church, 5100 Astor Place, Southeast, Washington, DC.


This year was a year of challenges and a year of triumphs, the beginning of the purge. In this year, Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church donated coats to children at Payne Elementary School as well as coats to the DC General Shelter, held its first Palm Sunday Outdoor Worship Experience, and continued to build out ministries as an official ministerial staff joined the team. After the 2014-2015 Conference Year, Pastor Douglas and his team officially completed the merge of the two congregations.


At the 188th Annual Conference on Sunday, May 28, 2017, Bishop W. Darin Moore, Presiding Prelate of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, appointed Rev. Dr. Nicole A. Johnson-Douglas as the Pastor of Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church. On Sunday, June 11, 2017, Pastor Nicole began Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church at the Park as they began their search for a new home.


On September 1, 2017, Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church was blessed to secure its first official home located at 3329 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Southeast, Washington, DC. On Sunday, October 1, 2017, Bishop W. Darin Moore and others will dedicate the property and Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church will re-launch as “A Place of Destiny!”


Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion 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. Ray Douglas that from the very beginning, God will bless this ministry to grow and to be a place where the people residing in inner city, urban parts of Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas can enhance their relationship with God and develop a greater knowledge and understanding of their individual purpose in life.


Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church is committed to serving those who are often labeled as the least and the last; those who are even 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.”


Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, Philadelphia-Baltimore Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

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