Spirit of Liberty Christian Fellowship and Global Ministries was originally founded and organized by Bishop Larry Lloyd on August 1979. This full-gospel interdenominational church began as the result of a one year home bible study teaching. The home study group also met once per week at the Heymann Recreation Center. Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Landry were the first charter members to open their home to the teaching of God’s word under the leadership of Bishop Lloyd. Approximately one year later, the saving of the lost and healing of the sick through the manifest power of God; a group of dedicated believers were committed to establishing a new ministry that would reach all of Acadiana. One day, while attending a Catholic charismatic prayer meeting on the south side of Lafayette, Bishop Lloyd was given the name Spirit of Liberty Christian Fellowship, taken from the familiar scripture found in II Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Approximately one year later the congregation acquired its first building on West University where Otis Domas Architect Engineering and Reproduction Company now operates its business located at 817 West University Avenue. The West University location is where SOL experienced its greatest growth after a modest and humbling beginning. SOL purchased property and a small building located at 610 Maryview Farm Road in 1983. This location was later renovated and expanded to accommodate the Spirit of Liberty Christian Academy grades K-12. SOL Christian Academy became one of the first African-American schools in the Lafayette area. Bishop Lloyd’s anointing and teaching ability paved the way for the founding of the Interdenominational Theology Institution. An institute of higher learning for emerging spiritual leaders of Southwest Louisiana. SOL sold its Maryview Farm Rd. property to the city of Lafayette in 2000.
Bishop Lloyd returned to resume the senior pastor and leadership position in 2001 following a seven year interim, spent ministering in Los Angeles, California. The church held services at the Holidome located at 2032 NE Evangeline Thruway and at various local hotels while awaiting the construction and completion of the current location, 2841 Louisiana Avenue. June of 2002, SOL dedicated the new facility and established itself as a ministry with global vision and the mission mandate of taking the Gospel message to the nations.