History of Redeeming Love Outreach Center
1985 - 2020
While serving on the ministerial staff at the Little Rock First Pentecostal Church of Deliverance, Elder David Fields, Jr. obeyed the calling of God to become a Pastor. Inspired by a vision from God, he purchased a condemned building located at 4928 Blaine Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. Using his God-given talents and skills of masonry, he commenced renovation of the building in August 1983. Soon after, in October 1984, he was ordained a Pastor under the Assemblies of the First Pentecostal Church of Deliverance, Inc., Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Pastor Fields spent many long hours and nights reconstructing a building that had been used for major drug trafficking operations in the Lincoln Heights community in Washington, DC. In October 1985 the building renovation was completed. The doors of the “St. James Church of Deliverance” were opened and the church dedication service was held, November 1985.
A growing membership at St. James provided for early organization of a Sunday School, Usher Board, Missionary Board, and Gospel and Youth Choirs. Church officials were also installed.
Under the profound influence of the preached Word of God by Pastor Fields, the anointed teaching of Co-Pastor Fields, and the effectual, fervent prayers of the church Mothers and members, the congregation began to take a giant leap forward in Spirit and numbers. It became absolutely necessary to seek God for another location. In the early months of 1997, God led Pastor Fields to the present church site, 4611 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE, Washington, DC. Again, Pastor Fields was faced with a spiritual and physical challenge. Renovation was required to the once Zelcy’s Imani East Banquet Hall. Reconstruction of the building was completed in January 1998. The first service was held on Sunday, February 1, 1998. The church Dedicatory Service was held on Saturday, June 27, 1998.
In February 2010, with God’s guidance, Pastor Fields shared with the membership an expanded vision and mission for the church. With the initial vision and mission to “… preach the Gospel, reach the lost, wounded, destitute, abused, and hopeless in the streets of the District of Columbia and surrounding boundaries…” came further direction from God. A greater focus was required on “… building relationships with God, families, and communities …” and on evangelistic outreach. Pastor Fields also announced the church’s new name, Redeeming Love Christian Center (RLCC). Official transition efforts were completed and on August 1, 2010, the first service was held under the new church name. Shortly thereafter, an Evangelistic Outreach Ministry was launched with team leaders commencing outreach activities. In October 2014 the church name was changed to the current Redeeming Love Outreach Center (RLOC).
Being fully aware of GOD’S REDEEMING LOVE for all mankind, the officers and members of RLOC work faithfully together in fulfillment of the church’s Mission…”Advancing God’s Kingdom by building relationships with God, Families and Communities…” AT ALL TIMES!
Church/Pastor: 202 399-0201
Co-Pastor: 202 398-7874