Don and Deborah Metcalf
Born in Chattanooga Tennessee, Pastor Don grew up in the ministry. The Metcalfs traveled, held revivals, and sang for Pentecostal churches all across America. Pastor Deborah (Chavers) grew up in Southern Louisiana and finished High School in South Carolina. Her family was also highly involved in ministry. Her father, Arthur Chavers was a Pastor as were many of his siblings.
Pastor Don and Deborah first met while attending International Bible College in San Antonio Texas. They have been married for 38 years. They are joined in ministry by two daughters, Jennifer a graduate of IBC, and Angela a graduate of Portland Bible College.
Pastor Don and Deborah ministered for several years to the addicted community in Ft. Lauderdale FL. They served as counselors and later as the director of Faith Farm Ministries Ft. Lauderdale.
In 1983 the Metcalf family moved from Florida to Southern California and partnered with Rev. Art Hughes. Together they pioneered a new church. Several years later Grace Fellowship merged with Messenger Temple and in time became Desert Reign Assembly of God. Don and Deborah have been the lead pastors of this dynamic and evolving congregation for 30 years.
In 2002, Desert Reign purchased Woodruff Christian School and relocated their school and preschool to its present location in Bellflower. Today Southland Christian Academy and Preschool have approximately 250 students.
In 2003, Desert Reign sold the Cerritos property and totally by faith began a courageous journey to build a new campus. In April of 2009 after many miracles, Desert Reign settled into its new home in Downey.
Pastor Don’s life message is, “If God can use me, He can use anyone.” The fascinating testimony of His life is in a small book he authored entitled “So Broken Yet So Blessed”
With joy and high expectations we seek to bless our community and win those who are far from God to Him. Our cry is, “God use each of us to show others your glory.”