Our History


The GoldenSword International Fellowship Church was established by Bishop Derek G. Owens on September 19th, 2004 at 72 Brookside Ave, Mount Vernon, New York. Today it is a thriving church with Bishop Derek G. Owens at its helm. The GoldenSword International Fellowship is a non-denominational church subscribing to the Reformed Pentecostal theological position.

“Reformed” because all its beliefs and doctrinal positions are taken directly from the scriptures and its certitude that the scriptures are the infallible word of God. “Pentecostal” because we have experienced the infilling of the Holy Spirit as it is recorded in Acts 2:4. The GoldenSword Church is a full gospel church with a powerful pulpit. It is a church flowing in worship and praise and in the manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

GoldenSword – The Lord showed me a vision at my ordination by putting a Gold Sword in my mouth. Gold is the emblem of Eternal Deity because it’s the most precious metal as well as the metal that stands the test of time. There is nothing that will alter gold. It is not affected by exposure to the air neither will it deteriorate if buried for thousands of years.

Acid will not destroy it and fire will not burn it; from these it only comes out purified.

The Sword in the bible represents the Word of God. So when the Lord showed me the vision of a Gold Sword in my mouth touching my tongue, He was putting the PURE WORD of GOD in my mouth because it is the pure Word. Gold at its purest state is when it has gone through the fire.

International – This church has to reflect and embrace many different cultures and nationalities. This church offers universal appeal to worshippers of varied cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and educational strata.

Fellowship – According to Acts 2:42 The Church,

We believe that God has ordained this church to be a mega church, leading thousands of people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ; nurturing and developing our children and young people in the scriptures, and leading them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, so that they will become models of the abundant life, described in the scriptures.

The GoldenSword International Fellowship, as it’s name symbolizes, is a place where the eternal, everlasting, incorruptible and immutable Word of God can be taught in its fullness (Hebrews 4:12). It is a place where those who have been disillusioned and depressed by life, can come and receive a second chance to live the abundant Christian life through a clear and thorough understanding of what God’s word declares for their lives.