Our Story

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Born in Chattanooga Tennessee Pastor Don Metcalf grew up traveling with his parents in ministry. As evangelist, the Metcalf family traveled and held revivals for small Pentecostal churches all across America. Pastor Don attended International Bible College in San Antonio Texas where he met his wife to be, Deborah Chavers from Independence Louisiana also attending IBC.

Pastor Don and Deborah ministered for several years to the addicted community. They served as counselors and later as the directors of Faith Farm in Ft. Lauderdale Fl.

In 1983 Don and Deborah moved from Florida to Bellflower CA where they joined with Rev. Art Hughes with a vision to build a new work. 

Grace Fellowship Church later merged with Messenger Temple Church and became Messenger Fellowship. In 1998 the MFC fellowship congregation merged with Cerritos First Assembly and became affiliated with the Assemblies of God and eventually the name was changed to Desert Reign Assembly of God.


In 2003, Desert Reign stepped out in faith, sold the church property in Cerritos and began a courageous journey to expand God’s Kingdom. In April of 2009 a new church campus was completed. Desert Reign Church of Cerritos became Desert Reign Church of Downey.

We are filled with high expectations because these are exciting times. We are postured to see the hand of God do tremendous things for those who cry out to Him.

So Broken Yet So Blessed!

Hope for Those Whose Lives Have Been Dropped and Broken!

by Don Metcalf

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.”

Many people can relate to the problems of a less-than-perfect childhood. In some way, many of us were dropped and broken by our parents or those responsible for our care. Divorce, financial pressures, addictive behaviors, and the effects of sin caused them to lose their grip and send their children falling.

Pastor Don Metcalf knows what it is to be dropped and broken. Before the age of 15, he had already lived in over 80 homes. A broken family, the lack of education, the death of his brother, partial blindness, and the pain of a genetic eye defect all added to his brokenness. But Don's Heavenly Father was there to pick up the pieces, restore his hope, and fulfill his dreams.

Pastor Don uses the biblical story of Mephibosheth to offer hope and inspire faith in his readers. Mephibosheth was dropped and broken. He was maimed and made lame, not because of his own sins or mistakes, but because he was a casualty of a war with which he had nothing to do. The grace and kindness of King David sought Mephibosheth out for blessing and restoration. And the Son of David, Jesus Christ, does the same thing for the dropped and broken today!