The Journey Begins
In early 1984, Pastor Larry along with her spouse Overseer William Larry, family and 6 other people: Ollie & Johnnie Cooks, Eva Patterson, Estella Allen, Steve & Gladys Upshaw began having bible study & church services in her home. After much prayer, God gave her and one of the founding members (Ollie Cooks) the name True Love Deliverance Church and in September 1984 (Later became True Love Deliverance Church, Inc). After worshipping in her home for several years and with the growth of the membership, the time had come. More space was needed and the search begin for a new place of worship. They inquired on a structure at 1511-17th Street North (Fountain Heights), but with all the visible repairs needed it seemed impossible. We know with God all things are possible. Overseer Larry worked costless hours to get the building in condition for worship and on April 19, 1987 we held our 1st church service in the new sanctuary.
On the very same night of April 19, 1987, God spoke to Pastor Larry “this place is marked for a purpose.” Continuing to hear from God and following his mandate for her life, the church began to grow as a result of the teaching, ministries began to manifest, souls were saved and the community was reached. Due to the growth and the needs of the community, TLDC Inc. purchased the adjoining land/property and in the winter of 2005 broke ground for the new facility.
During the process of building, we encountered persecution, abuse and setbacks, but the word of God promises that He is our rock and our fortress in Him shall we trust. So with the promises of God and faithful members, we continued on with the vision of Pastor Larry and on September 14, 2008 the facility that we now occupy was dedicated to God for the work of the gospel.
We will continue to fulfill the vision of our Pastor, to walk in the spirit of excellence for there is still more work to be done. The harvest is plentiful, people are lost, hearts are hurting, and the community is in need of what we have which is Christ Jesus.
Meet Our Leaders
We feel blessed by God who has provided us with such marvelous leaders and the resources to continue to carry out the vision of our Pastor and to help with the growth of our Christian responsibilities
Senior Pastor, Founder
Pastor Idella has been preaching and teaching the word of God for over 30 years. She said that God placed her on the wall as a watchman to watch over his people. Pastor Larry has a heart for God's people and spends most of her time reaching the souls that are lost. Pastor Larry was born in Newbern, AL and later moved to Birmingham, AL to work in Jasper. She obtained her Bachelor of Religious Education from Easonian Baptist Seminary. She earned certifications from Smith Triumph Temple and New Life Interfaith Ministries, Inc. She has also received awards and been featured in the Birmingham News. She is married to Overseer William Larry and she is a mother to 13 children and numerous grandchildren and great grands.
William Larry Sr.
Overseer William Larry was born in Newbern, AL. He spend most of his life in Newbern, AL as farmer and dairy worker. Once Overseer moved to Birmingham, he was employed with Stove and Range. He was a faithful and dedicated employee until his retirement. Overseer truly loves his family. He is a father of 13 children and the grandfather of many. Overseer is the best Mr. Fix-It. He can do all kinds of things like plumbing, gas heater repairs and installations. He even help build the church that we are currently in. He is a mentor to all the men at True Love and an awesome partner in ministry with his wife, Pastor Idella.
Assist Pastor Horace T. Whitson was born in Opelika, AL. After completing high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served 7 years receiving 2 honorable discharges in 1989. After honoring the call of God in 2010, Pastor Horace (as we call him) was ordained under the leadership of Pastor Idella Larry. Pastor Horace has a compassionate heart and love for God's people. He believes that everyone has a place in God's Kingdom and that is enforced by the peaching and teaching of the encouraging word of God into their lives. Pastor Horace is married to Valerie Whitson and they have two beautiful daughters Ebonee and Asia.