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July 4, 1976
The birth of the Apostolic Deliverance Temple Church of Jesus Christ. The first service held at the Lemoyne Gardens Auditorium for Sunday services. 27 members were in attendance.

The church moved to former daycare facility. Worshipped in this daycare facility for 4 months before returning to Lemoyne Gardens Auditorium. Weekly Choir rehearsals were held in the home of Missionary Ruth Givens. Purchased the building located at 306 S. Parkway East and began to renovate the “building of ill repute” into a “House of Prayer.”

May, 1977
Renovations were completed in time for Pentecost Sunday. This facility became famous as “The Church Under the Bridge.”

The ADT Newsletter was started as the 1st Outreach Ministry.

February, 1981
The radio broadcast which was heard on KWAM on Fridays at 4:00p.m. was the 2nd Outreach Ministry.

July, 1981
ADT formed an alliance with Bishop Arthur Mooring and ADT Church in Dallas, TX.

June 30, 1985
ADT moves into a newly-built edifice constructed to hold eight to nine hundred souls.

ADT Daycare was organized, presently known as ADT Child Development Academy, NAEYC accredited, a 3-star facility.

Elder A.L. Goodwill and the Harvest Evangelism ADT Church of Houston, TX joined the ADT church family. Trueway ADT joined the ADT church family. Lifeline Outreach Ministry began filming a telecast that would reach people all over the world. This was the 3rd Outreach Ministry to be born.

Alliance Christian Youth for Christ (ACYC), a young spin-off of Project Max, was instituted to further the ministry of the church to the community,
the 4th Outreach Ministry was born.

Apostle Maples and First Lady Maples travel to Ghana, West Africa to conduct a revival. Nohwaa (Far-a-way) ADT joins the ADT family. Narroway ADT ? Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Straightway ADT ? West Memphis, Arkansas joined the ADT family.

The saints canvas the city of Memphis to recruit souls as candidates for baptism. Apostle Maples conducted the first city-wide baptism in Memphis history. Over 200 souls were baptized in Jesus’ name in 2 days. The choir wins the Singsation Champs and Paulette receives the award for #1 Choir Directress.


Former boxer George Formen was the special guest for the City-Wide Youth Rally which was designed as an outreach event for the youth of the church and the Memphis community.

Apostle Maples and the ADT Rapture Ready Choir records and releases its first CD.

Apostle Maples wins the Pastor of the Year award given by the Bridge Awards. Additional awards: Paulette Douglas received the award for Best Choir Directress and James Douglas received the award for the Best Organ/Piano Player. Nominations: Erma Maples nominated for Best Lead Singer (Higher and Higher).

July, 2006
ADT celebrates 30 years of service in the Memphis and Shelby County community.

October, 2006
End Time City-Wide Tent Revival held in Whitehaven Plaza. Many miracles performed. Souls saved, bodies healed. A total of 27 services were held on the parking lot under the Gospel Tent.


God gave Apostle Maples the vision of focusing on the family. Throughout the year different families were invited to receive the prayer of family blessings. From this vision the book written by Apostle Maples, Fixing the Familyand Repositing your Relationships. Request your copy today by calling 901-774-0313.


Think Before You Act (TBYA) was established by a mandate from God,
Apostle Maples and several members of the community began to establish the foundation. On March 23, 2010, the Memphis City Council passed a resolution that annually the week of April 4 - 10, the City of Memphis will honor Think Before You Act Non-Violence Week in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King's Jr. legacy of non-violence. Website:


Apostle Maples traveled to Haiti where 11 souls were baptized in water in Jesus' Name.


Apostle Maples returned to Haiti to baptize 18 additional souls in water in Jesus' Name.


Charity Dining Hall dedicated in honor of Mother Charity Maples.  The Charity Dining Hall is a special room where special events such as wedding receptions, graduation receptions, birthday parties and etc. are able to be held.


Apostolic Deliverance Temple celebrates 47th year anniversary.



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