Mt. Calvary is part of the Holy Churches of Deliverance which was founded 1942 in Hampton, VA. The founder of the Holy Churches of Deliverance, Bishop P. B. Gray, started the mission in members’ homes and God blessed them to build at 532 Shell Road, Hampton, VA.

The Mount Calvary Holy Church of Deliverance was founded in 1971 in Washington, DC under the leadership of Elder Emerson L. Brockington, Sr. The late Bishop E. D. Brockington, first opened Mt. Calvary on 7th Street, N.W. before the great fire of the 60’s which forced them to relocate at 1618 8th St., N.W., Washington, D. C.

By 1987 the growing congregation had accumulated sufficient funds in its building fund (while holding services in Brandywine, Maryland) to build their present facility located at 5900 Chillum Place NE, Washington, DC, 20011.

In June of 1987, Elder Emerson Lee Brockington, Sr. was consecrated Bishop of the Holy Churches of Deliverance. He then presided over churches throughout North Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Under the leadership of Bishop Brockington, the church has added numerous new auxiliaries to become increasingly responsive to the growing congregation and dynamics of the community.

The church is a Washington, DC non-profit corporation affiliated with the Holy Churches of Deliverance with headquarters in Washington, DC and as such has adopted the constitution of faith of that organization.


Dr. Emerson L. Brockington, Sr. was born to the late Bishop Edward and Hattie Brockington in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Dr. Emerson L. Brockington, Sr. felt the call of God on his life as early as 1964 and later accepted the call to ministry in 1966. On February 26, 1972, Emerson Brockington was united in Holy Matrimony with the lovely Leotha M. Riddick. God has blessed this union with one son, Emerson L. Brockington, Jr. In 1971, he was appointed Pastor of the Mt. Calvary Holy Church of Deliverance, Washington, DC. On June 6, 1987, Dr. Brockington was consecrated Presiding Prelate of the Holy Churches of Deliverance in Washington, DC, Virginia and North Carolina.

“Bishop,” as he is affectionately known, is retired from the District of Columbia Public Schools and was the President and owner of the Prudential News Company. Dr. Brockington has studied at the following institutions of higher education: Southeastern University, Federal City College and Howard University in the fields of Business Administration, Adult Education and Theology. Dr. Brockington has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Theology from International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida and holds a Doctorate of Divinity Degree.

On March 22, 2006, Dr. Brockington was consecrated to the Apostolic Succession by the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops Congress with Archbishop Jesse Delano Ellis as Chief Consecrator.

Dr. Brockington can be characterized as a builder, one who had a vision from God, met the challenge to build God a Temple and conquered the vision to life. God, as the Chief Builder, gave the far sight, wisdom and knowledge to complete the impossible dream, where souls are blessed and delivered through God’s anointing power. Mt. Calvary and the Holy Churches of Deliverance are blessed to have this anointed vessel as their leader. God is still pouring out blessings to this faithful servant.


Leotha Marie Brockington is the third child born to Mr. Raymond Riddick and the late Glozie Mae Hinton Riddick of Whaleysville, Virginia.

Co-Pastor Brockington has completed courses in Personnel Management at LaSalle University, received certificates in Christian Counseling, Supervisory Management, Computer Technology, Marketing Methods, and other business related courses. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and is currently enrolled in the Masters program in Religious Education at International Seminary. Co-Pastor is also a member of the faculty for International Seminary Extension Classes, where over 100 students have graduated in Practical Theology “Be Successful in your Ministry Classes” I, II, and III.

In 1972, Co-Pastor Brockington married Bishop Emerson L. Brockington and out of this union they were blessed with a son, Emerson, Jr. At this point in her life, her work for Christ took on new meaning…becoming the other half of a ministry for Jesus Christ.

Co-Pastor Brockington was ordained National Evangelist on August 16, 1991. She recorded a song with the Stellar Award nominee Professor Wilbur Belton and the Ladwec Music Mass Choir in September, 2004.

In addition to the many positions held in the ministry, she is an Evangelist, Minister of music, General Mother of the Holy Churches of Deliverance, and Co-Pastor of the Mt. Calvary Holy Church of Deliverance.

Apostolic Precepts


    We believe that Salvation is deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the atonement of Jesus Christ. A person receives Salvation by repentance of sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and the continuance of living a godly life (Acts 2:36-41).


    We believe that the receiving of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, being born of the Spirit, is an essential part of New Testament salvation. Without the baptism of the Holy Ghost it is impossible to enter the kingdom of God (St. John 3:5). The baptism of the Holy Ghost is evidenced by speaking in other tongues (other languages) as the Spirit of God gives utterance. If this supernatural manifestation does not take place, one has not received the Holy Ghost. The gift of tongues is given by the Lord to those who have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost (a prerequisite), God gives gifts as it pleases Him (I Corinthians 14:4-28). The gift of the Holy Ghost and the Gifts of the Spirit are different spiritual concepts.


    We firmly believe that the first communion which was served by Melchizedek, the Priest of the Most High God, to our father Abraham, consisted of bread and wine (Genesis 14: 18). Jesus Christ took the ingredients for His supper (the Lord’s supper) with His disciples from the passover table, which had among other items, unleaven bread and wine (Exodus 12: 1-15); Matthew 26: 17-26-30; I Corinthians 11 :21-32). Using regular bread, salt crackers, Unita biscuits, water and grape juice are modern biblical substitutes invented by the formal church.


    We believe that God’s plan for the financial support of the Church and pastor is that the members give tithes and offerings. Tithes is ten percent (10%) of one’s gross salary. Abraham was the first to give tithes of all (gross) to Melchizedek during the Dispensation of Conscience. The tithing system was continued under the Dispensation of Law and Grace. Offerings are given as the Lord makes your heart willing and according to your ability to give (Genesis 14:20; 28:22; Exodus 25:2; 35:5, 21-29; Proverbs 3:9; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 23:23; Hebrews 7:1-10; and Luke 6:38).


    We believe that water baptism, being born of water, is an essential part of New Testament salvation. Without the proper mode of baptism it is impossible to enter the kingdom of God (St. John 3:5). Water baptism can only be administered by immersion (Mark 1:10; Acts 8:38,39; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2: 12). The name in which baptism is administered is in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ commissioned his disciples to go into all nations and baptize in the Name (singular) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19). The disciples executed this commission on the Day of Pentecost by baptizing converts in the Name (singular) of Jesus Christ. The disciples knew that Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names, but TITLES of positions held by God. They also knew that the fullness of God was manifested in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:9). All case histories of New Testament baptism were administered (as on the Day of Pentecost), in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Jesus Christ, or the Lord Jesus). Without the Name, water baptism is void.


    We believe that holiness is God’s prescribed standard of living for His people of all ages (Leviticus 19:2; Luke 1 :74,75).
    We further believe that a wholly sanctified life is the only true standard of a Christian life (Hebrews 12: 14; I Peter 1: 15-17). We are commanded to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world (Titus 2:12). We must present ourselves Holy unto God (Romans 12: 1), cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (II Corinthians 7: 1), and separate ourselves from all worldliness (James 4:4). No one can live holy by his own power, “But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you. ..(Acts 1:8).” “.. .those things which are most surely believed among us (Luke 1:1)”

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