RaSheed L. Lemon, Sr.
Apostle and Overseer
RaSheed Lamaar Lemon, Sr. husband of Yolanda Lemon, father of RaSheed, II, Timothy, Rosa and Victoria—native of Long Island, New York (Queens and Roslyn Heights), resides in the Northern Virginia area and has served in ministry for nearly 18 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Health w/ Honors from American Military University and currently working on his Master of Divinity conc. Biblical Studies at Regent University. RaSheed still serves his country and the general public—for a combined 37 years in government service: a military veteran and currently a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army Reserves (352ndCivil Affairs Command, Fort Meade, MD) as a Team Sergeant.
Under the pastorate of Apostle Steven W. Banks, Living Waters Christian Fellowship (LWCF) Newport News, VA., in 2000, he served faithfully and ordained to the Ministry of the Deacon. While serving at LWCF, a host of Elders mentored him while he served in LWCF’s Security Ministry, Brotherhood Ministry as a small group leader, assistant to the Sons and Daughters of the Chosen Generation youth ministry and assistant to the Armor-bearer ministry.
God transitioned RaSheed to Douglasville, Georgia in 2002 and he began attending Christ Abundant Life International Ministries (CALIM) under the pastorate of Apostle Derrick E. Flanagan, Sr. While attending CALIM, RaSheed served as ministry team leader for Divine Revelation MIME Ministry, Security Team Leader, Abundant Life Training Institute Teacher (Adult/Youth), F.L.A.V.A. Youth Ministry Leader, Hospitality Ministry Team Leader and an Armor-bearer to Apostle Flanagan—he served faithfully there for eight (8) years. Here, God commissioned and affirmed him to the Office of the Prophet, revealing his mandate in Jeremiah 1:5. God also gave him an assignment to start a traveling MIME ministry called “E.L.O.H.I.M3.” (End-time Laborers Outreach and Harvest MIME & Missions Ministry) and a Non-Profit called Georgia Dream which combined sports, leadership and character development for youth. Georgia Dream started out as a summer track & field team which transformed into a multi-faceted youth leadership organization that helped to encourage youth in becoming successful leaders in today’s society.
After returning from a deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 and over a period of three years, God began to show him a greater vision in pastoring his own church. The vision, Embassy Life Deliverance Ministries International, patterned after a revelation he received from 2 Corinthian 5:1-20. Affirmed to the Office of the Apostle in 2018, he set his wife Yolanda as Pastor, now co-labor in a dynamic apostolic, prophetic, and deliverance ministry. ELDMI’s mandate is to transcend the seven (7) “Spheres of Influence,” and reestablishing God’s people in Dominion Authority by “Raising up Apostolic Ambassadors for Christ and Sending them to the Nations with Dominion Authority!”
RaSheed also a rising author wrote, “Dominion,” “The Power and Place of Unity,” “Binding the Strongman: The Spirit of Poverty!”“P.U.R.P.O.S.E.,” and a ministry leadership book co-written with his wife called, “…Not Me!: A Practical Guide to Servant Leadership”—all in the completion and pre-publishing phase
…And the Best Is YET to Come!
Senior Pastor and Prophet
Yolanda Necole Lemon, wife of RaSheed Lemon Sr., mother of RaSheed II, Timothy, Rosa and Victoria—a native of Panama City, FL, who resides in Northern Virginia and has served in ministry for more than 16 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Troy State University and her Master in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Business. Early in her professional career she planned to become a Computer Scientist, but God had other plans. In 2000, she began substitute teaching which led to a full-time position; this was the start of her becoming the educator in the public school system and a professor on the collegiate level.
Yolanda was reared in a family of ministry; her mother was an ordained pastor and father an ordained deacon, their teachings deposited the foundations of knowing God and how to not be afraid to sing to the Lord in the church setting. In 2002, she accepted the Lord as her Savior and the call to preach the Gospel in 2003. It was then the Lord transitioned her from Panama City to Orlando, FL. under the Pastorate of Dr. Derrick Hutchins at the New Life Church of Orlando (NLC), Church of God In Christ (COGIC). Yolanda was mentored by Mother Mildred Eason, Jurisdictional Supervisor of Women for the Florida Central Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Mother Eason helped Yolanda to understand the importance of reading the Word of God and praying with power and authority. Also, Mother Eason trained Yolanda how to serve leaders in ministry. In 2005, she received her Missionary License with the COGIC. Cynthia LaJuan Adams the NLC Praise and Worship Leader helped her to learn the essentials of worshiping the Lord on a Praise Team. While attending NLC COGIC, Yolanda continued to serve faithfully with Mother Eason until God shifted her to her next assignment.
In 2007, Yolanda became a part of the vision of A.C.E. Faith Kingdom Church under the Apostle Clarence Sellers and Apostle Norvice G. Sellers. Here Yolanda served in many capacities. In 2008, the spirit of the Intercessor was birthed and she led Intercessory Prayer for the church, the annual Empowered Christian Inner Healing Ministries Conference (founded by Apostle N. Sellers) and Co-host of the Intercessory Prayer Line. In 2010, Yolanda was Licensed as a Minister, appointed the Armor-bearer, Personal Assistant to the Pastor, and Instructor of the New Member’s Class. In 2012, she was appointed as the Leader of all the Ministries and in 2013 appointed the Church Administrator. In 2014 she was ordained as an Elder in ministry and led the Praise Team as its Worship Leader for six years.
After meeting the love of her life, Yolanda and her husband RaSheed moved to the Northern Virginia area and accepted the assignment by God to start Embassy Life Deliverance Ministries International. God called them to birth this ministry which they co-Pastored together until she was affirmed to the Office of the Prophet by Apostle Earthy Gaskin, Jr. of Jehoshua Ministries International of Pensacola, Florida, Apostle Alfred and Prophetess Barbra Gaines of Center of Hope Life Ministries in Orlando, Florida at Embassy Life’s 2nd Church anniversary in 2018. She then was installed as Embassy Life’s Pastor and her husband became Apostle and Overseer of the ministry.
Yolanda’s passion is spending time with the Lord, singing praises and worshiping Him, preaching the Gospel and seeing people receive their deliverance, healing and salvation. She is a young woman who has persevered through numerous painful life challenges but God made her scars stars (healing messages for other people). Those experiences propelled her into a deeper walk with God; now she understands that this walk and ministering to God’s people is imperative and is committed to fervently do as the Lord has commanded as she lives by two of her favorite ministry scriptures:
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine…5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thyministry.
2 Timothy 4:2, 5
And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom [using clever rhetoric], but [they were delivered] in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit [operating through me] and of [His] power [stirring the minds of the listeners and persuading them.
1 Corinthians 2:4