Bishop Larry Herbert is a native of Auburndale, FL. He was born on Valentine's Day of 1949 and has spent the greater part of his life in Polk County. A standout basketball player at Auburndale High School, he turned down an athletic scholarship to serve his country by enlisting with the Marine Corps. Wounded in action, he received the distinguished "Purple Heart" medal and returned home where he later discovered his calling to preach.
On August 13, 1988, Larry married Pamela Valentine and they settled in Orlando before relocating to Lakeland, FL. He has 5 sons and one daughter. He is also a veteran postal service worker serving over 30 years with the United States Postal Service before retiring in 2011.
Victory Deliverance Center was founded in May of 1991 under the name Auburndale El-Bethel Temple of Jesus. Among Bishop Herbert's academic achievements include an Associate's Degree from Valencia Community College in Orlando and a Bachelor's Degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary.
Pastor Collins Hardee - Assistant Pastor
Elder Hardee is one of the founding pastors of VDC. He accepted the Lord's call to preach in 1973. As the assistant to the senior pastor, he serves in the following capacities: member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Film Ministry, Cell Group Leader, and Co-Chair of the Evangelism ministry.
He has been married to his wife Shirley for over 40 years and has five children in addition to seven grandchildren.
Elder Terry Childs - Associate Pastor
Elder Childs serves in several capacities within the VDC organization. He is a member of the Board of Directors, New Membership Class Instructor, Bible Study Instructor, Co-chair of the Evangelism ministry, and the President of the Senior Bishop's Ministering Team (El-Bethel Temple International).
He is a graduate of St. Thomas Christian College and was ordained as a pastor in 1986.
He has been married to his wife Sheila for over 30 years.
Delois Davis - Deaconess
Deaconess Davis has been a faithful member of VDC since 2003 when the church was located at 319 Cleveland Street where she taught Sunday School Classes (ages 9-14). She received her ordination as a deaconess in 2008.
Jordan C. Herbert - Superintendent of Sunday School
Called to preach the gospel in 2004 while serving his country overseas, Minister Herbert is a second generation preacher and a third generation combat veteran. He began his preaching career in South Korea where he preached his trial sermon and was licensed upon his return to the states in the summer of 2007.
Though no stranger to Victory Deliverance Center, he has served as the Superintendent for Sunday School Ministries since 2012. His auxiliary duties include serving as the administrator for the church website and overseer of the audio/visual production team. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (c/o 2002) holding a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics.