About Our Church

Dunamis Christian Center was birthed on prayer and an unshakeable faith in God.

Pastor_Pix_WebStepping out on a word from God and crazy faith, Pastor Elam began his God-called journey to preach and teach the word of God with demonstration of the spirit and Dunamis Power, making a difference in the lives of people ultimately changing them to become anointed like Christ!  We will never despise humble beginnings and will always remain humble no matter how large we become.  It is the memory of our beginning that we keep fresh before us.  We are grateful to God for everything He has done here at DCC.  That is how we will remain humble, because we will never forget from where God brought us. 

Dunamis Christian Center began 12 years ago with just 8 members including the Pastor & First Lady.  Our first service was held at the Hampton Holiday Inn.  We will never forget Wednesday night bible studies right in the home of our Pastor with Sis. Penny’s famous Kool-aid, cookies and chips afterwards.  Everyone would stand around just talking, long after bible study was over.  It was then we were becoming a spiritual family.   We will never forget the countless times Pastor Elam would load his van up with the audio equipment, unload it every Sunday morning, run home and get dressed and come back to bring the words of life.   First Lady Penny was the church clerk, the Intercessory Prayer Leader and worked the tape ministry while walking into her role as First Lady of DCC.  Pastor Elam was the praise team.  Wednesday night bible studies were at the Pastor’s house but it didn’t matter, the presence of God was everywhere this ministry was.  The anointing and favor of God was present from the very beginning. 
We went from the hotel into our new building on 27th Street in Newport News, where we were told that city ordinances stated we could not have church there.  Trusting God, we went back to the Holiday Inn and God added to the church daily according to His word.

Now, twelve years later, God has elevated Dunamis Christian Center, a radical, dynamic ministry on the move for the Kingdom of God.   There is nothing traditional about us except the Word and our love for God.  People are being provoked to apply the word of God to their lives and things are being changed and rearranged in their lives for the good because of the anointing!  Dunamis has grown from eight to over 1200 members to God be the Glory!  Several ministries have been established that continue to meet the needs of the people.  These ministries include:

  • Transportation ministry that transports those members in need of a ride to all services,
  • Intercessory prayer team which meets every Sunday morning before the start of service, and every Monday night along with the congregation giving the enemy a fit in the spirit through prayer!
  • Praise dance ministry
  • Hip hop dance ministry, Adonai and the Solja Boys
  • Praise Team and Mass Choir
  • Youth Ministry, the DYM which hosts “Church off ‘Da Chain” events for local youth, where they can come together in a Christian atmosphere and PRAISE the Lord in their own way. 
  • Our Youth Ministry has grown and now includes a Praise Team, “Fresh Fire”.  They are anointed and on fire for God!   
  • An annual marriage conference Date With Your Mate for over one hundred couples each year where marriages are restored all to the Glory of God
  • We have established a Food Bank ministry which is responsible for feeding over two hundred families each month by providing USDA food bags, feeding hot lunches to the homeless and providing clothing every Monday. 
  • Our Evangelistic Team is taking the good news of Jesus out into the community
  • Our newly licensed “Elam House”, now serves at-risk young men from the ages of 15-21 with a goal to transition them back into the community as productive men.
  • DCC Café made its debut the end of July 2011 and served over 100 plates.  It is our goal to become “the spot to dine after church.”

Future plans are to establish a Men’s Transitional Re-Entry program for men returning home from prison.  DCC mentors will begin to go into the prisons and offer these men hope through the word and Power of God.  We will then provide job coaching, transitional housing and daily life and social skills, coaching that will transform the lives of these men and demonstrate the Power of God to totally change and rearrange things in their lives for the good. 

This is just the beginning of what God has ordained here at DCC.  The Power of God has been abiding in this ministry in a mighty way.   We plan to make a mark in this community and globally that cannot be erased.  We are going where no man has ever gone before!  We are Kingdom minded and determined to advance the Kingdom through our service!

Many have asked Pastor how did you do it?  His answer has simply been I didn’t, God did!  Again, Dunamis Christian Center was birthed on prayer and an unshakeable faith in God.

We give all glory, honor and praise to our God who is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we could ask or think according to the Dunamis power that is working in us!

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