Dr. Herbert Carmichael Jr. is Senior Pastor and founder of Greater Deliverance Fellowship Ministries, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. His walk with the Lord began in 1966 at The Refuge Church of Christ in his hometown, Orangeburg, SC. This is when the spirit of God filled his mouth with “words of power”. He has not ceased to lift up his voice like a trumpet and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He served as a Deputy Sheriff for Mecklenburg County for 22 years. Here is where he witnessed the word of God day in and day out to inmates and co-workers. We can truly say he wasn’t ashamed to spread the message of Jesus Christ. He served as Junior Pastor, Ambassador for Christ N.C. Central District, Evangelist for the Fire Baptized Holiness Church, Sunday School Teacher, and Deacon Board Vice President. He was ordained Minister in 1985 at The Fire Baptized Holiness Church.
He was a well- known football and track star at his alma-mater, then known as Wilkinson High School. There he broke state records that no one else has been able to break. After graduating he received a football scholarship to Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina. Majoring in Business Administration, he continued to play football, where he upheld his legacy of being a great athlete. During this time, Pastor Carmichael was drafted to play for the Detroit Lions. He was a part of the team for one year, during which he was injured. God had another plan for his life…to serve Him in Ministry! In November 1997, he answered the call and founded Greater Deliverance Fellowship Ministries formerly known as Deliverance Church of God.
Starting in his living room with only four members, he preached the Word of God in and out of season. As he continued in obedience to God, many watched the plan of God unfold in his life, as many souls have been added unto the church. On June 4, 2004, he received his Masters in Theology and Doctorate of Theology Degree from the North Carolina College of Theology. Today the ministry continues to flourish and still growing.
Pastor Carmichael is married to Co Pastor Drusilla Carmichael, and they have two wonderful sons, Jonathan Stephen & Joel Emmanuel Carmichael.