Apostle Deborah Bell is the founding member and Lead Apostle of Deo Gloria Family Church, Durban, South Africa. She has over 27 years experience in leading ministry and had been the lead pastor of DGFC since starting the church in 1997.
Apostle Deborah, is globally recognised as a Lead Apostle or an “Apostle to Apostles”, and has travelled both locally in SA and internationally, hosting conferences, and speaking as a Keynote at other affirming conferences globally, teaching and preaching on the Apostolic mandate that the LORD has called her to impart globally. She is closely connected with other Apostles, Prophets & Networks, globally.
In 1990, with the calling of God on her life, Deborah pioneered the first affirming Christian group in the City of Durban, South Africa. The group continued meeting for 7 years before becoming a church. She now refers to this time as her “training ground” for ministry!
She was ordained in 1997 and has a Bachelor of Theology degree (BTh), from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a Diploma in Christian ministry through The Rose of Sharon Bible School in SA. Deborah also has extensive experience in the business sector in marketing management and has been a Senior manager in various Multinationals over the past 25 years.
In 2007, after receiving confirmation, (10 years after starting the church), Deborah was unctioned by the LORD to leave her very lucrative career & workplace, and move full time into her ministry calling.
It was during this year, that she began transitioning into her called role of Apostle and she began to study and teach on this as DGFC, transitioned into a “New Wineskin” church (Matt 9:17), over the next few years, which is an Apostolic-prophetic based church, embracing the restoration of the Office of Apostle and Prophet as Scripture teaches in Ephesians, 2:20, 4:11-13 & 1 Cor. 12:28.
Her major influences in the Apostolic are Apostle G Maldonado, Apostle-Prophet Chuck Pierce, Dr C Peter Wagner, Apostle Renny McLean and Apostle Barbara Yoder, & Apostle John Eckhardt among others.
In 2009 she initiated a Prayer Day, and various meetings where all affirming Spirit-filled ministers gathered together to pray for SA and our people and churches, as well as gather support from one another.
Although unofficially fulfilling the role of an Apostle during these years from 2007 – 2011, Deborah was still pastoring during this process and did not officially step into her calling as an Apostle until 2012. During this time DGFC and its leaders affirmed Deborah’s calling as an Apostle to South Africa and to the nations.
In 2012, she had an encounter with Holy Spirit in one of Apostle Maldonado’s meetings in East London, South Africa, at the Rivers Church. Holy Spirit came upon her in such power, like a bolt of electricity, and she couldn’t move for over an hour. This encounter changed the course of her life forever. It was in this same conference when Apostle Maldonado imparted an apostolic mantle over her life.
In September 2012 Deborah held meetings in JHB with affirming fivefold ministers, and on the Friday night, in what was supposed to be a general get together with all the affirming spirit filled Fivefold ministers, Holy Spirit came upon the meeting and all the Fivefold gathered there, said that God had called them together for such a time as this, to lay hands on Apostle Deborah, recognizing and officially publicly acknowledging her as their Apostle for South Africa. Deborah had planned to do a teaching on Saturday morning on the Apostolic to introduce the churches to it, but Holy Spirit had already supernaturally accelerated the process.
Apostle Deborah is globally recognized as a Lead Apostle or as an “Apostle to Apostles”, and she has travelled both locally in SA and internationally, hosting conferences, and speaking as a Keynote at other affirming conferences globally, teaching and preaching on the Apostolic mandate that the LORD has called her to release & impart globally to the Fivefold.
It is her vision & passion to see the Kingdom of God established on earth as it is in heaven; with a manifestation of the supernatural power of God’s glory being released & operational through Holy Spirit & the Five-Fold ministry in the Church & imparted through the Apostolic, into the greater Body of Christ so that the Body of Christ attains the whole measure of the FULLNESS of Christ on the earth according to scripture (Ephesians 4:11). It is her desire to see people living in the fullness of who they are created to be & called to be in Christ.
It is her heart to see the global Church united as one, each being used in their own uniqueness to bring about the Kingdom of God on the earth, without the exclusion of anyone.
Apostle Deborah has planted churches and ploughed into many ministries and individual leaders over the years. This is seen in the many spiritual sons and daughters she has imparted to over the 25 years she has been in ministry.
Her influence can be seen in the churches and fivefold ministers and ministries she has coached & mentored from different cultures over the years, some of whom are now affiliated with DGAN Apostolic Network, which she officially established in 2012.
Her experience includes leadership coaching, Church planting, training, equipping leaders and various aspects of church management.
She has an Apostolic vision and strongly believes in the Apostolic being established in the Church to activate the Fivefold in the Church. Namely the offices of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor & Teacher according to Ephesians 4:11, so that the global church can operate with the power it needs.
Deborah lives in Durban North, South Africa, with her spouse of 20 years, Marietjie Geldenhuys, who ministers alongside her operating in the prophetic.
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