Elder Elliot B. McPhatter was born and raised on the Lower East Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, N.Y. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior at the age of twelve under the leadership of Rev. Thomas McCamery, pastor of Church of the Bible Crusaders.
At the age of seventeen Elder McPhatter joined the U.S. Air Force where he had the opportunity to travel to many different places and to experience many different things. It was during this period that Elder McPhatter became prodigal and left his first love, Jesus Christ.
After seventeen years of what Elder McPhatter called doing his own thing, Elder McPhatter met and married his true love, Sandra Robinson in Rochester, NY. Elder and First Lady McPhatter married on June 30, 1995 and they both gave their lives to Christ two days later on July 2, 1995. Elder McPhatter credits his wife under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit for pulling him out of a life of addiction to drugs and alcohol. In his own words Elder McPhatter says that God must have showed First Lady McPhatter the man that he would one day become which gave her the tenacity to stick with me in spite of my faults.
Elder McPhatter served under the leadership of Dr. David C. Rourk, pastor of Greater Adams St. Church of God by Faith for nine years. It was during this time that Elder McPhatter received and accepted his call into the ministry. In September of 1998 Elder McPhatter preached his first message entitled “The Choice is Yours”. In his capacity as an associate minister under Dr. Rourk, Elder McPhatter founded the street ministry “Gospel in the Hood”, facilitated the Drug and Alcohol outreach ministry, and was a co-facilitator of the B.L.O.C.K. ministry which fed the less fortunate in the community.
In June 2004, Elder McPhatter and His family moved to Shreveport, LA as a result of a job transfer. It was in Shreveport that Total Deliverance Church of God by Faith was born in the home of then Min. McPhatter and First Lady Sandra McPhatter on September11, 2005.
After three years of ministry in Shreveport, Elder McPhatter was once again transferred to Kansas City, Mo. After much prayer and fasting God made it clear to Elder McPhatter that although the location has changed the call on his life has not.
On February 4, 2010 God breath a fresh breath of life into Total Deliverance COGBF and the ministry had their first service at the Embassy Suites hotel in Kansas City, MO.
Elder McPhatter was ordained as a minister of the gospel under the leadership of the Church of God by Faith,Inc. examining board in December of 2005 after completing four years of ministerial training. In December of 2009 Elder McPhatter was consecrated as an elder after he successfully completed an additional four years of ministerial training.
Elder McPhatter is the founder and senior pastor of Total Deliverance COGBF located in the beautiful city of Kansas City, MO.
Elder and First Lady McPhatter have five sons Oscar (deceased), Timothy, Elliot, Evan, and Eric and three grandsons.