History, Core Values, Beliefs & E-3 VisionOur History
In 1982 Pastor Olu Itiola was sent by Deeper Life Bible Church in Lagos, Nigeria as a church-planting missionary to the United States. He started the first United States branch of Deeper Life Bible Church in Montgomery, AL in 1987. In 1993, Pastor Olu was called of God to move the headquarters of the U.S. churches to New York and passed the leadership mantle of the local church to Pastor Kyle Searcy. In 2000, under the leadership of Bishop Olu Itiola and the Holy Spirit, Fresh Anointing International Church was formed in Montgomery, AL with Pastor Kyle Searcy as Senior Pastor.
With the leading of the Holy Spirit and the blessing of Bishop Olu, we determined that the Lord was calling us to make the shift to launch out in a new and fresh way. Thus, Fresh Anointing House of Worship (FAHOW) was conceived in 2007 under the pastoral leadership of Kyle and Kemi Searcy. Also in 2007, we dedicated a 2000-seat sanctuary in a six-year-old, 37,200-square foot building on 376 acres of land in a celebration of the tremendous wealth transfer from the enemy’s kingdom to the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus.
By the grace and favor of God, there are now 9 seed-offsprings of FAHOW throughout the southeast United States: Meridian, MS; Selma, AL; Augusta, GA; Crestview, FL; Wetumpka, AL, Birmingham, AL, Columbus, GA, Nashville, TN, and Oswego, IL. Through the Fresh Oil International Fellowship of Churches, over 170 churches throughout parts of the African continent are under the leadership of this ministry.
The membership at FAHOW in Montgomery has increased to nearly 2,000 and counting. The E3 vision for FAHOW Montgomery-Exalt, Extend, and Empower-was cast in 2008. The E3 vision focuses on three spiritual houses- the House of Worship, the House of Missions, and the House of Mercy.
Fresh Anointing is, and has always been, a ministry with a strong emphasis on prayer and a commitment to community transformation, one life at a time. We are also a multi-racial, multi-generational, international ministry committed to fulfilling the mandate of Christ to make disciples of every people group possible.
OUR CORE VALUES
We value passion for God and Compassion for people as the motives upon which we operate. Matthew 22:34-37.
We value being used by God for the Deliverance of mankind. Luke 4:18-19.
a) We believe that healing is provided in the atonement and should be ministered regularly. Psalm 103:1-3.
b) We will constantly seek to free people from demons and demonic strong-holds. Mark 16:17
c) Divine Power Encounters will be regularly sought. 1 Cor. 4:20.
We value prayer as the definition of our house (Isaiah 56:7; Matt 21:13) since, “except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1).
a) We believe that night and day prayer is the mandate of the church. Luke 18:1-8.
b) The Kingdom should be built through radical prayer and fasting. Matt. 17:21.
We value purity and holiness, but true holiness resulting from intimacy with God and a passionate pursuit of His presence. Psalm 29:2; 2 Cor. 7:1.
We value Aggressive Humility and Servant Leadership as the model by which we serve God’s people. 1 Peter 5:5; James 4:6.
We value the Word of God and sound practical teaching of the scriptures. Hosea 4:6; Psalm 119:105.
We value training our children and youth to be radical Disciples of Christ. We will labor that no child will be left behind. Deut. 6:1-5.
We value order and excellence as the wineskin through which God will release His Spirit. Daniel 6:1-3
WHAT WE BELIEVE
• We believe in one God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Creator of all things.
• We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, was buried, was resurrected, ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father and is true God and true man.
• We believe the Bible in its entirety to be the inspired Word of God and the infallible rule of faith and conduct.
• We believe in the resurrection of the dead, the eternal happiness of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost.
• We believe in personal salvation of believers through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
• We believe in sanctification through the Word of God and by the Holy Spirit, and we believe in personal holiness, purity of heart and life.
• We believe in divine healing, through faith in the Name of Jesus Christ, and that healing is included in the Redemption.
• We believe in water baptism, in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as distinct from the New Birth, in speaking with tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance (Acts 2:4), in the gifts of the Spirit, and the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit. We believe that all of these are available to believers.
• We believe in the Christian's hope-the soon-coming, personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ
THE E-3 VISION OF FAHOW
1. Exalt the Lord (House of Worship)
Tap into God is the first part of our vision at Fresh Anointing House of Worship is to Exalt the Lord! We exalt Him through praise & worship and with prayer and fasting. We press in for a Great Awakening through 100% obedience and service to God.
We will Exalt the Lord through a massive effort to reach the youth of our community. We fuel this energy in our Avenue 93 ministry to the youth.
We will Exalt the Lord through Prophecy and through Deliverance Ministry which look to impact a person in seeing them going forward in the destiny God has for them, being free from every hinderance of the evil one. ,
We will Exalt the Lord through more than 35 fully functional ministries within the church, to include: Fresh Connect Small Groups which strengthen the bonds of unity among believers through the power of small group fellowships. We will continue to host life-changing conferences inside the house while spreading the love of God outside the four walls of Fresh Anointing through community outreach.
We will Exalt the Lord by equipping and training His people through our Discipleship Classes and the Fresh Anointing School of Ministry.
Exalting the Lord defined: Knowing God, Being radically committed to God, Being spiritually complete in Him, and
Walking in 100% obedience to God
2. Extend the Kingdom (House of Missions)- Touch the World
The second part of the vision for Fresh Anointing House of Worship is to Extend the Kingdom.
Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
The Great Commission: Matthew 28:18-20, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, 'All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.' Amen."
An astounding fact quoted by Pastor Benny Hinn, is that 70% of all the world’s preachers are in America.
Therefore we will Extend the Kingdom to the Motherland (Africa) of many of our members by investigating avenues for continued outreach projects.
We will “go ye therefore” and Extend the Kingdom to South America and to India with great anticipation and expectation for opportunities to arise in other nations.
We will Extend the Kingdom through our established Fresh Oil International Equipping Center, Apostolic and Prophetic (AP) Teams, via current church plants such as Meridian, MS., Selma, AL., Crestview, FL, Columbus, Ga., Augusta, GA, Nashville, TN, Birmingham, AL, Wetumpka, AL & Oswego, IL. We will also do this through future missions projects.
Extending the Kingdom defined: Carrying out the will of God, and seeing the Joy of impact
3. Empower the People (House of Mercy)- Transform the Community
The third part of the Fresh Anointing House of Worship is to Empower the People.
Matthew 22:39-40, "And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Proverbs 19:17, "He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again."
James 1:27, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
Listed below are the many ways that we Empower the People in our local community:
We minister to the elderly in their late and often lonely stages of their lives through our Nursing Home Ministry. Local inmates in the Kilby Correctional Facility are often ministered to through our Prison Ministry.
Empowering the Kingdom means: Transforming the community