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Introducing Church of Praise and Deliverance
In the pulpit
Pastor Melvin Elliott and his wife Shirley - photo by Photo provided.
The name “Judah” immediately grabs your attention. One might ask why a pastor would name the church “Judah.” “Because we love to praise God,” said Pastor Melvin Elliott.” The name Judah means, “praise.” Of the 12 tribes of Israel, Jesus was from the tribe of Judah.
Elliott is the pastor and founder of Judah House of Deliverance in Jesup. While this is his first pastorship, he has been in the ministry for 21 years. The church has been established for five years.
“I am inspired when I see souls being saved. My son was saved last Sunday,” Elliott said, noting the church is very family-oriented, and they enjoy fellowshipping.
Judah House of Deliverance has an active prison, nursing home, youth, men, and women’s ministry.  
“We visit the two nursing homes in Jesup the second week of the month and Smith Prison in Glennville every second Sunday,” Elliott said.  
“We are a church that stands on the word of God. A man of God should be a man of his word. We have to teach, coach and train, and be an example to the people we serve. We must be instant in season and out of season because we are representing God.”
Although the church is relatively new, Elliott said the people are growing spiritually and they are seeing an increase in membership.
“We are teaching them the gospel and the church is like a family,” he said.
Judah House of Deliverance also has a radio broadcast on WTLD 90.5 in Jesup. The 30-minute broadcast is aired every Saturday at 7 p.m.
“We have been doing the broadcast for approximately four years,” Elliott said.
“Elder James Johnson, one of my former pastors, has been a source of encouragement and inspiration. He taught me about holiness and deliverance. I desire to see people live holy and to be real.”
Elliott spent 13 years in the military. His last assignment was Ft. Drum, N.Y.  He had overseas assignments in Germany, Korea and Panama. He is currently employed as the site commander for Sizemore Security at the 165th Air Wing.
In his spare time, Elliott enjoys basketball and walking.
“I walk 10 miles on Saturdays at James Brown Park and two to three miles during the week,” Elliott said.
He also serves as a volunteer chaplain at Smith Prison in Glennville.
Elliott is a native of Buffalo, N.Y. He and his wife, Evangelist Shirley Elliott, have been married for 22 years. Shirley Elliott is a native of Jesup and currently works at Hugo Boss in Midway. She also works with the women’s auxiliary in the church.
The Elliotts have three children and nine grandchildren.
“One of my daughters works in the ministry and the other one lives in Atlanta,” Melvin Elliott said.
The Elliotts reside in Hinesville.
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