Deliverance Outreach Temple Church, formerly known as "House of the Lord," began April 26, 1992 by Timothy W. Grant and wife, Stephanie Y. Grant. Pastor Grant received a vision from God that the church motto would be "Hands reaching out to the Community." The first church meeting was held in the Grant's home. The following families were in attendance: Wiggins, Lonesome, Preston, and Brisbon.
The search for a place to worship ended at 924 Power Street. The Grant's were drawn to the large, but symbolic picture of a cross that remained on the window of the vacant building. On May 2nd and 8th of the same year, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, the church hosted evangelistic meetings on that street. These community outreach meetings prefaced the first worship service held on May 10, 1992 with 39 in attendance. Davis, Wiggins, Lonesome, Preston, Brisbon, Freemon, Grant, Carter, and Brother Steven Chisley were some of the first families in attendance that were planted by the Lord. The House of the Lord had their first revival service during the week of August 17 -21. The Charter for the State of Tennessee was signed August 26, 1992 and filed with the State of Tennessee, on September 10, 1992.
Six months after its inception, 18 families joined the ministry. However, by year end, the Grant Family departed House of The Lord and the Clarksville community when Pastor Grant received military reassignment orders. Pastor Grant would now oversee many changes in this ministry. As a result, on January 1, 1993, Elder Garrett performed duties as the interim pastor until February 17, 1993 whereby Elder Emmanuel Davis was appointed Pastor of House of The Lord.
In March of 1993, House of The Lord was officially changed to Deliverance Outreach Temple, D.O.T. This name was recommended by Elder Emmanuel Davis, and presented to Pastor Grant. There were several churches named "House of the Lord's", already established in the State of Tennessee, so after constant prayer and consideration Pastor Grant concurred with Elder Davis.
The church celebrated its first Anniversary, May 1993, and moved to a larger facility located on 201-B Providence Blvd. Holding to the vision, again the church had an evangelistic meeting outside of the building where food, clothing and other tangible items were provided. D.O.T served a rapidly changing military community as well as local natives of Clarksville. The ministry itself was later dedicated in December, 1993, followed by a new year of more change.
February 1994 the Davis family moved to Germany due to reassignment orders, as well. Nonetheless, the aforementioned Minister Lonesome became the interim pastor. In March of 1994, the church gave their farewell to the Lonesome's. Overseer Grant gave ministerial licenses to Elder Preston and Minister Chisley in July, followed by appointment of Elder Preston as Pastor. In November 1995, membership grew to 91. The ministry continued to reach the community with the addition of 30 new members in 1996. By 1997, 71 new members were added to the church roll.
Elder Preston's tenure as interim Pastor ended as D.O.T. ecstatically welcomed Timothy W. Grant and family as they returned to the ministry in April 1996. D.O.T continued to respond to the needs of the community. In January of 1998, the church published its first newsletter. Moreover, in May 1998, the church revamped the clothing and food ministries, purchased a church van and a piano. The ministry maintained a steady pace into 1999 with the addition of 89 new members, new choir robes, computers, audio equipment and a CD player for the van ministry. The D.O.T. Minister's Manual was published in April 2000. To preface the many facets of change, on May 21, 2000 as Pastor Grant and his family prepared for yet another military reassignment, he delivered the State of the Ministry address. It was here that Elder Emmanuel Davis was re-appointed as Pastor. The Grant Family embarked on the mission field of El Paso, Texas.
The church purchased 13.84 acres of land on Garrettsburg Road, Clarksville, with an increase of 45 new members in 2001. In 2002 an additional 12 members were added to the membership directory. Also in that year, the church van was paid in full followed by the land groundbreaking ceremony on June 8. On June 10, D.O.T. celebrated its 10th anniversary. By this time, the Davis' were reassigned again and the Chairman of the Deacon Board, Joseph Wiggins, was the appointee, to oversee the ministry.
In 2003 the Grant family was assigned to Hawaii. Pastor Grant traveled from Hawaii to appoint Elder Steve Pearson as the interim Pastor until 2005. During Pastor Grant's tenure in Hawaii, the vision for Partner's With Deliverance Outreach Temple (PWDOT) came when Deacon and Minister Harold asked if they could support D.O.T with Love Offerings. The fuel for PWDOT came on September 24 when Pastor called Evangelist Jones as the coordinator. Moving with the vision, from 2003- 2005 D.O.T. graciously welcomed 46 new members.
So, by April 2005 Pastor Timothy W. and First Lady Stephanie Y. Grant returned as Pastors/Overseers of the church. Soon after, "Moving towards the Vision", MTTV, was implemented and conducted on the second Wednesdays of each month, the new member's classes were reinstated and as God would allow, Pastor Grant was deployed to Iraq for one year. First Lady Grant was the overseer of the ministry in his absence.
D.O.T saw many remarkable changes in 2006. In January the land on Garrettsburg Road was paid in full, in April, Pastor Timothy W. Grant, Sr. returned as Pastor and Overseer of the ministry and by the end of August, 2006, Cumberland Bank of Clarksville approved a loan for $624,000 to help complete the building of the new church on Garrettsburg Rd, Clarksville, Tennessee.
In addition to these pacesetter landmarks, the home ministry team had the privilege of installing Steven Chisley as Pastor of Greater Works International Ministries, Clinton, Mississippi and Elder Melvin and Margaret Moore as Pastors of Kingdom Connection Christian Center, Fayetteville, North Carolina. These two churches are divinely connected with Deliverance Outreach Temple Church. As of January 2007, Deliverance Outreach Temple is now property owners of 13.84 acres of land, available for expansion of the kingdom by reaching out to the community. The vision of Deliverance Outreach Temple is still being fulfilled with the installation of a full time Pastor and the first stages of an Outreach Center on Garrettsburg Road being completed.
In September 2007, we held our first service at 851 Garrettsburg Road also, in that same month the first wedding held in the new building was Levi and Vacie Pope. God allowed this building to be erected so that it can be use as a tool, to be a light and to show forth his power in this community. In March 2008, this building was dedicated back to the Lord. God is still making provisions for his people. In December 2009, the church purchased a second van. In May 2010 we celebrated 18 years as a church body in that same year we open a computer lab for the church members and community use. We give thanks for the great things that God has done---and continues to do for Deliverance Outreach Temple Church.
In June 2012, we celebrated 20 years as a church body, during that time Pastors Timothy and Stephanie Grant was given honorary Doctorate Degrees from Shiloh Theological Seminary of Stafford, VA and the Ordination and Installation of Pastors William & Yvonne Harold of Destined Ministries, Killeen TX. God is still making provisions and allowing Deliverance Outreach Temple Church to continue to move forward with the vision that he gave to us over 20 years ago. In June 2013, God blessed the ministry to start a Summer Feeding Program that provided free breakfast and lunch to children 18 and under. God's blessings will definitely overtake DOT in September 2013. The ministry will start an after school program that will provide tutoring and dinner for all ages. The blessing's of the Lord is here, we can feel it in the atmosphere and we receive it "IN THE NAME OF JESUS"