Destiny Outreach began in Pastor Rodney Hall’s living room in April 2006 as a group of 12 people prayed and discussed our desire to accomplish God’s mission in Sampson County, NC, and the surrounding region. All agreed that there was a great need to train disciples of Jesus Christ using contemporary methods.
For the next several months, our team focused on prayer, leadership training, and research. We attended other churches in the area to better understand how God was working in various ministries and sought to discern what our niche was to be. Power and Victory Church, which had been formed a few years earlier, turned over their corporation to the small band of believers. We changed the name on May 25, 2006, and Destiny Outreach was official.
Later that year, our church began meeting in a daycare center. When we outgrew that, the owner of a tractor shop in Harrel’s, NC agreed to lease his building on Sunday mornings for service. Although there was no air conditioning, tractors had to be rolled to the side, and equipment and chairs had to be setup and torn down each service, our team couldn’t have been happier. We were moving forward in God’s call!
In 2007, it seemed apparent that we needed a more permanent location where Bible study, counseling, prayer and other ministry related activities could take place. After much searching, a former dance studio became available in a building just off Highway 701 in Clinton, NC. The space was smaller than desired but was the only option available. Our team began to move walls, build a stage, paint, carpet, and more. The landlord even agreed to share his office with our Pastor at no extra charge.
Several months later, tenants in the front part of the building vacated, making much needed space available for a small welcome center and classrooms. A formidable renovation process was undertaken and within months, two new classrooms and a nursery were available. The landlord also relinquished all rights to his office, making it one-hundred percent available for our Pastor and his guests.
During these same years, Pastor Rodney and Destiny Outreach partnered with New Vision Church of Clinton and Covenant Bible College and Seminary of Tallahassee, FL to offer classes to local students. Over the next several years, Pastor Rodney served as Campus Director and regular instructor, graduating several students from the local area.
Around 2015, Destiny Outreach began to cast a vision for greater media outreach. We began fundraising and researching to expand Internet ministry. We purchased media equipment and resources over time in the hopes of making it possible. In 2018, an event to train church leaders in Pakistan, through Skype, quickly transformed into a partnership to evangelize outlying regions of that country. Many in small villages had never heard the Gospel. From September 2018 to December 2019, this partnership yielded over 1,400 new believers, and over 70 new house churches in one of the least Christian nations in the world. The ministry has now expanded to two Pakistani pastors, with a vision for even greater impact.
While we are deeply humbled by the great work God has allowed us to do in Sampson County, Pakistan, Kenya and other places, we believe we are called to do much more. One of our greatest limitations has been space. Recently we discovered an opportunity that will allow us to seat many more times the number of people and park many more cars. The new building will also facilitate bigger and greater Community Outreach and Expanded Creative Arts. Our stage plays, dinners and videos have been enjoyed by many in the past, but this will allow us to do much more and provide the opportunity to include others in the area through plays, concerts, classes and more.
We believe the new decade will be our best so far. All glory to God!