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The Lighthouse of Deliverance Gospel Church (LODGC) had its bright beginning when Elder Anthony Harley and his wife, Donna, opened the doors of their home on Saturday afternoons for Bible Study in March 1994. The late Apostle Paul E. Hines of Mt. Sinai Full Gospel Ministries would come and teach under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. During these services, Elder Harley would hear the voice of the Lord speaking to him but he refused to accept the call of Pastor because he felt he was inadequate, unworthy, and lacked the ability. The Lord let him know that it was not his ability, but his availability that would allow him to be equipped and filled with the anointing needed to Pastor a church. The number of people attending the services increased each week and Elder Harley took note of the hunger within the people for God’s Word and the need for deliverance power.
On April 21, 1994, the voice of the Lord spoke to Elder Harley saying, “Thy house shall be called the Lighthouse of Deliverance.” On June 5, 1994, the voice of the Lord spoke again saying, “Be not afraid, for I have called you.”
The Lord blessed the commencement of Lighthouse of Deliverance Gospel Church by choosing twelve disciples which included family and friends. A week of prayer and fasting began on July 31, 1994, which led to the first worship service at the Hojo Inn in Blackwood, NJ on August 7, 1994. An ordination and consecration service for the ministry and the initial church officers was held on August 14, 1994, with the late Apostle Hines presiding.
In October 1994, the Lighthouse of Deliverance Gospel Church services were held at the Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill, NJ. On April 6, 1996, LODGC moved to the Laurelwood Plaza at 569 Blackwood-Clementon Road in Lindenwold, NJ.
In obedience to God’s vision, LODGC purchased property and began working on the Little Lights Day Care Center in January 2000. On May 6, 2000 LODGC pursued ownership of the bookstore “Kingdom Things.” In October 2004, LODGC moved to its current location at 365 Blackwood-Clementon Road in Lindenwold, NJ.
In 2009, Lighthouse joined the Bethel Deliverance International Fellowship of Churches (BDIFC) in Wyncote, PA. In 2013, under the leadership of Bishop Eric A. Lambert, Jr., the presiding Bishop of the Bethel Deliverance International Fellowship of Churches, Inc. (BDIFC), Pastor Harley was elevated to the sacred office of Bishop.
In January 2013 LODGC purchased a building to house Neighbors Who Care Resource Center & church administration offices. The Neighbors Who Care Resource Center is an organization which impacts the Lindenwold community and surrounding communities by providing emergency food, needs assessments, computer classes and serves as an agent for New Jersey Shares.
In March 2018 the purchase of property at 387 Blackwood-Clementon Road was finalized to facilitate the siting of administrative offices for LODGC.
Currently the church membership and its’ leadership have been called to periods of prayer and fasting seeking Unity in the building of an “Altar of God’s Presence."
Bishop Anthony Harley states that, “We are commissioned as believers of Jesus Christ to evangelize the world (Matthew 28:19-20). God spoke through the Holy Spirit and led us to the Lindenwold, NJ community to establish a ministry that expresses His love and character. We shall not be satisfied with the many souls that are lost, sick, in captivity and in bondage. With Jesus Christ as our Savior and deliverer, we have been given the keys to the kingdom (Matthew 16:19), we have power to tread over the works of the enemy (Luke 10:19), and all we need (John 16:23-24) to accomplish the great work (John 14:12-14) is in our possession today. As God has chosen us and given us vision, we recognize the night is far spent and the day is at hand and we have to put on the armour of light (Romans 13:12) to bear fruit (John 15:16) so our heavenly father will be glorified through outreach and Church Development."
LODGC has been instrumental in promoting the Kingdom of God locally and abroad.
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