We are a life-giving church, marked by
the presence of God, activating us to impact others. We are a diverse group of believers –
veterans, musicians, social workers, teachers, public servants, business owners, parents – united by our shared faith in a loving God.
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Meet Our Core Team
In 1984, God spoke to Elder Arthur G. Carney, Sr. to retire from 22 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, to remain in Dover, and open an Apostolic Church. After much fasting, praying, and taking the call into consideration, he and one other brother, Deacon Sterling Eggleston, (now Bishop Eggleston at Jesus Is Lord Ministries), searched for a location to conduct worship services. Every vacant building was considered, but the owners of the buildings would not lease to individuals to conduct religious activities. It seemed as though every door was closed, and that this was an attempt for Satan to stop God’s plan. Thankfully, Deacon Eggleston opened his own home for the church to hold their initial service on the first Sunday in August of 1985. There were a total of twelve (12) people in attendance.
For over thirty (30) years, Elder Arthur G. Carney, Sr. has been, and continues to be a shining example of a faithful servant. Despite the many obstacles and challenges the church, He and Evangelist Carney stayed faithful to the call. As a result of their unwavering faithfulness, they can rejoice for the many souls that came to God through this ministry. Many have gone on to become pastors, evangelists and faithful church members, preaching and teaching the Gospel throughout the United States and overseas. We give God the Glory for all that he has done, and we celebrate the legacy that they established for our ministry
On January 15, 2015, Founding Pastor Arthur G. Carney Sr. “Passed The Torch” of the pastorate of Immanuel Apostolic Church to his youngest son Aric L. Carney. Pastor Aric hit the floor running by immediately creating a digital footprint with the development of IACDELAWARE.COM. From his experience in media and mass communications in the private sector, Pastor Aric was able to implement multimedia in the sanctuary that helped to enhance worship with the in-person services. In 2016, the Lord directed Pastor Aric to include multi-camera video broadcasting to begin online services through social media. That same year, God directed Pastor Aric to launch the IAC Delaware Church App-which is now downloaded in 12 different languages across 6 continents.
We are thankful to be able to have an impact on our local community. Since 2015, many souls throughout the states of Delaware and Maryland have come to Christ by receiving the water and spiritual baptisms.
Reaching the Unreached & Telling the Untold, is the mandate that God has given Pastor Aric. God has allowed IAC Delaware to connect & support an orphanage in Uganda. There, not only are the children fed nutritious meals, and clothed, but they along with the staff, & the surrounding village have received the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
IAC Delaware continues to share the Gospel throughout the world throughout social media, and now through its telecast streaming on IAC TV.
IAC is of the Pentecostal-Apostolic faith; meaning we have experienced the infilling of the Holy Ghost and our beliefs are modeled after Apostolic doctrine which places emphasis on the oneness of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Deuteronomy 6:4 states, “O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” And again, Ephesians 4:5-6 states, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
We fully believe in the experience of receiving the Holy Ghost (with evidence of speaking in other tongues as the spirit gives utterance) as they did on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4). We are Apostolic because we live, walk, and abide by the principles of the apostles, whom Jesus granted authority over the church (St. John, Chapter 17).
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Salvation, Christian beliefs, and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. (See II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 119:60)
There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit. We believe that God is the creator and sustainer of the universe, rules supremely over it, desires the worship of His creation, and pursues personal relationship with mankind, the pinnacle of His creation. Jesus Christ is God manifested in flesh. He is both God and man. (See Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:16.)
Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation is a gift from God to man, coming by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting and obeying Jesus Christ can man be saved from sin’s penalty. (See Romans 3:23-25; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9.)
The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. We obey the gospel (II Thessalonians 1:8; I Peter 4:17) by repentance (death to sin), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (resurrection). (See I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4.)
As Christians we are to love God and others. We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today. (See Mark 12:28-31; II Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; I Corinthians 12:8-10.)
Jesus Christ is coming again to receive His church (The Rapture). In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgment. The righteous will inherit eternal life, and the unrighteous eternal death. (See I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11-15.)
District Elder-Elect Arthur Gene Carney, Sr. was born on
September 10 th , 1945 in the little country town of Port Royal, Tennessee to Herbert and Sallie Lisenby Carney.
Arthur was the eighth child of nine children. At age twelve, he was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Adams, Tennessee. He completed early childhood education in the Montgomery County School system and completed high school at Burt High School in the year of 1962. After graduation, he attended Lincoln Technical Institute where he became a certified auto mechanic. Shortly thereafter, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Air Force to go serve his country in the Vietnam War. In 1968, while stationed at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas for Basic Training, he heard the preached word and was baptized in Jesus Name, at Faith Temple of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. under the leadership of the late Bishop Horace Young.
On March 8, 1969, Elder Carney married his soul mate, Adeline Lachelle Vaughn after
only meeting her over the Christmas holidays. Their first year of marriage was spent
apart as he was immediately sent to fight in the Vietnam War. They wrote letters, and
spent many nights praying for each other’s health and safety. Somehow, God saw
them through it all, and Elder Carney returned home safely from the War.
In 1976, Elder Carney received orders to go to Howard Air Force Base in the Panama
Canal Zone. Although it was thousands of miles away from family, friends, and his
church home at Christ Temple in Old Hickory, Tennessee under the tutelage of the late
Bishop Melvin Boyd, Sr., this divine assignment resulted in the beginning of an
international ministry. Due to the lack of an apostolic ministry available on the base,
they began teaching, preaching and holding services in their base housing home. The
ministry grew into holding services in the Base Chapel, and eventually moved off the
base into the city where the church still stands to this day. The pastoral anointing
followed them from each assignment in the military, and eventually lead them to pastor
in Greece and travel to minister in Tel Aviv, Israel. As a result, the Gospel of Jesus
Christ continues to be preached and received by the thousands in these countries.
In 1983, Elder Carney received orders to Dover AFB where he served as the NCOIC
(Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge) of the 436th Airlift Squadron until he retired
with an Honorable Discharge after 22 years of service. In 1984, Elder Carney, along
with 12 saints, founded the Immanuel Apostolic Church in the home of Deacon (now
Bishop) Sterling Eggleston. To support the ministry, Elder Carney came out of
retirement and worked two jobs in addition to pastoring. He spent several years driving
the “301” bus from Dover to Wilmington for D.A.R.T, and he absolutely loved driving
the school bus and interacting with all the young children during his employment with
the Hilton Bus Company. Elder Carney served faithfully in the ministry for over 30
years, and then he “passed the torch” of the pastorate to his son, Pastor Aric L. Carney
in 2015. Because he absolutely loved going to the Councils and the A.F.F.I.
Conventions, despite his Emeritus status, he remained actively involved with the
organization by serving as the Director of the License and Credentials Committee for
Episcopal District One.
On a personal note, many would be surprised to learn that one of Elder Carney’s
favorite pastimes was to watch wrestling. He faithfully tuned in (and recorded!)
Monday Night RAW and the WWE SmackDown matches every week! He would hoop
and holler, cheering on his favorite wrestlers Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, and Bill
Goldberg. He was a proud subscriber of the WWE App where he could watch all of the
Main Events like WrestleMania and Pay-Per-View Cage matches for just $9.99 per
month! Everyone who knew Elder Carney also knows he LOVED to fish. He’d fish
from the crack of dawn and all day long until it got pitch black at night in search of
catching the “big ones”. His annual fishing boat trip to Martha’s Vineyard in
Massachusetts, where he would catch a cooler filled with fish, was the highlight of his
year. He also enjoyed watching football and rooting for his favorite team, the
This year, Elder and Mother Carney celebrated 51 years of marriage. On Saturday,
July 11 th , 2020, after a valiant 38-day battle with the effects of the Covid-19 virus, God
called Elder Carney home to Heaven to enter into his eternal rest. We thank God for a life and legacy of love and honor!