|First Church of Deliverance||
Bishop Otto T. Houston, III, was born October 7, 1943 to Vivian L. and Otto T. Houston, Jr., in Kansas City, Missouri. He is one of two children. His childhood and early years were spent in Kansas City, Missouri and Los Angeles, California.
Bishop William F. Taylor, founder of the Metropolitan Spiritual Churches of Christ, Inc. (MSCC - the national parent body of the Spiritual Churches in America) prophesied his birth to his grandmother, Mrs. Mildred B. Houston around 1939, before his parents met. The prophecy from Bishop Taylor was that Reverend Houston would be a Blessed child.
Elder Leviticus Lee Boswell, Co-Founder of MSCC, then the Pastor of the Metropolitan Spiritual Church of Christ (the Mother church of the National Organization), placed Reverend Houston on the Altar at the age of six.
Reverend William B. Hurse, then the Pastor of the Metropolitan Spiritual Church of Christ, instructed him, at the age of eleven, to come to church on Saturday mornings to learn how to care for the Altar, under Mrs. Jannie Jamison, Supervisor of the Altar Boys.
Reverend Henri Lawson, Pastor of Metropolitan Spiritual Church of Christ at this time, acknowledged that healing was present in his hands when he was fifteen years old.
In 1962, Reverend Houston founded the Altar Boys Workshop of MSCC, now known as the Acolytes Workshop, where he served as National
President from its inception, until April 1996 (when he was elevated to the MSCC Board of Directors.) He is proud to have served all of the leaders of MSCC except Bishop William F. Taylor (because of his age.)
He has been a dedicated member of MSCC for over 50 years and continues to serve this organization as an Officer.
In 1968 he was invited by Reverend Clarence H. Cobbs, Mrs. Julia Mae Kennedy and Mr. Ralph Goodpasteur to move from Kansas City, Missouri to Chicago, Illinois.
He was consecrated for the Ministry in June 1986 by Reverend Eugene D. Gray and received his license to preach in July of the same year. He was ordained as a Minister in July 1988.
In September 1968, at Metropolitan’s Church Anniversary, a Prophet from Mother Nash’s church (located in St. Louis, Missouri) told him that he would be a pastor of a large church, and that it would be very
successful. It had been prophesied that Reverend Houston would become the Pastor of First Church of Deliverance. He first heard of the prophecy in his late teens and repeatedly thereafter.
In 1994, he was selected as one of three Co-Pastors (commonly called “The Triarchy”) of the First Church of Deliverance, and served until he was selected by an overwhelming majority of the members to become Pastor of the First Church of Deliverance on March 17, 1996.
On May 26, 1996, Reverend Otto T. Houston was installed as the
pastor of First Church of Deliverance.
On July 24, 2009, Bishop Otto T. Houston III was consecrated and elevated to the office of 1st Vice Coadjutor of our national organization, Metropolitan Spiritual Churches of Christ, Inc.
In November, 2013, Bishop Otto T. Houston III elevated to the office of Coadjutor of our national organization, Metropolitan Spiritual Churches of Christ, Inc.
On March 17, 2015, Bishop Houston celebrated his 19th Anniversary as pastor. We thank and praise God for sending Bishop Houston as our shepherd and for letting everyone know that "Jesus is the Light of the World"