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The CHURCH of PHILADELPHIA

OUR PASTORS



 

 

Partners in Christ

Married and in ministry for 34 years, Pastors Leon and Sheila Pace desire to be channels of blessing to others as they share the goodness of the Lord. They have sold out to the Lord and are committed to spend, and be spent for the cause of Christ. Together side by side, they have worked in ministry since that day. Through Word of Deliverance Fellowship Ministries, the Lord allows Pastor Leon and Pastor Sheila Pace to conduct an Emergency Food Pantry (6-10 Ministries) on site. Together in the Lord, they are committed to helping individuals who have been plagued by substance abuse to gain control over their lives and to help them become productive members of society.

Pastor Leon Pace

Pastor Leon Pace was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Edwin Bok Vocational Technical High School. His young life was no different than most, although he chose his own path. He chose a path of drugs, alcohol and riotous living.  Everyone that he loved, he hurt. He often tells the story about how one day his dad traveled some 600 miles to come and see how he was doing. That is when his life began to change. On that day he surrendered his life to Christ on the side of the road sitting in his dad's car; his life has never been the same since.

PRISON
His father took him back to South Carolina and gave him a Bible. The Word of God became his source of life. Since Pastor Leon was a fugitive from justice and God would let him have no peace, shortly after committing his life to Christ, Pastor Pace turned himself in to the authorities and went to prison for his past crimes. On the way to turning himself in to the hands of the law, he heard the voice of the Lord say, "TRUST ME." It was there in prison, that he began to trust the Lord and got to know Him personally. This was his wilderness experience where it was just himself and God. Facing seven to fifteen years behind bars, Pastor Leon was a free man after serving just one and a half years.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH
After coming home from prison, Pastor Pace joined his sister's church, the Church of Philadelphia; this is where he began to grow spiritually. He was hired to work at the church, and, as Pastor Pace continued to grow spiritually, the Lord began to move him into ministry.

ORDAINED
Pastor Leon Pace was ordained as an Elder of The Church of Philadelphia, by Pastor Carmine Di Biase in 1992. Three years later, he was ordained Pastor of the Vineyard by Robert Merritt in 1995. After that he worked at Teen Challenge as Program Supervisor. This was where the Lord did miraculous things in his life and allowed him to give back to others. Teen Challenge is a Christian drug & alcohol residential rehabilitation program for adult males and females. Pastor Pace had been given the gift of counseling and soon he became Director of the Teen Challenge Induction Center in Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania. As he was asked to interview for that position he laughed to himself saying "wouldn't it be something if the Lord would give a former drug user such a position?" The laugh was on him because that is exactly what the Lord did. He served in that position for three years.

MINISTRY
Pastor Leon felt the Lord's urging to return to the city of Philadelphia, and upon returning he held the position of Interim Pastor of Bible Way Baptist Church (9th & Diamond) under Pastor Robert Merritt for one year. He was then asked to remain as Pastor and served for four faithful years. Pastor Leon has now been serving in his own ministry Word of Deliverance Fellowship Ministries Inc. since 1996. Pastor felt that he should also be accountable to leadership as well, therefore is a covenant partner of Freedom Christian Bible Fellowship under the leadership of Bishop Gilbert Coleman for 3 years. He was later ordained as Pastor of The Church of Philadelphia on August 18, 2018 where he currently serves.

Pastor Leon is available for counseling and preaching engagements upon request. He can be reached by telephone at (267) 666-5212.

 

Pastor Sheila Pace

Author and Pastor Sheila Pace accepted Christ as personal savior during an altar call on November 22, 1973, at the Philadelphia Revival Temple.

EDUCATION

Pastor Sheila Pace received an Associate Degree in 1982, in the Mental Health/Social Service, Program. She also attended Temple University 1987-1990, to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Social Service. Pastor Sheila attended Deliverance Evangelistic Church, and Bible Institute during the years of 1976-1986. In 1997 Pastor Sheila was honored by the institute and was given an Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. Pastor Sheila Pace is a former graduate of New Life Bible Institute and is currently teaching Introduction to Biblical Counseling and Growing Toward Spiritual Maturity at New Life Bible Institute. Sister Pace walks under the direction of Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (KJV).

MINISTRY

In 1989 under the leadership of the Lord, Chaste Women's Ministry was birthed in Sister Sheila's home. Chaste Women's Ministry Fellowship is now held quarterly. This ministry speaks directly to "Hurting Women" issues. Currently Pastor Sheila pastors along side of her husband at Word of Deliverance Fellowship Ministries and also is in full time ministry working in the Vineyard of our Lord ministering to the needs of others.

Pastor Sheila has authored 18 books on spiritual issues. To purchase, Please contact Pastor Sheila Pace at leon.pace@comcast.net.

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