Our founder, Bishop Hiram O’Neal, III, was born on February 2, 1920 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was raised in Mount Zion Second Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, and he was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School (the only all black High school in Atlanta, Georgia). Bishop O'Neal attended a healing service of Dr. Richard Drummond of Progressive Spiritualist Church, which was located at 18 Jackson St. NE Atlanta, Georgia. It was later that Bishop O’Neal received his calling from God. He received his spiritual instructios under the leadership of Dr. Richard Drummond. At the age of 24, the Spirit of the Lord gave Bishop O’Neal the vision to organize it the National Divine Spiritual Association, Inc.
National Divine Spiritual Association was organized and charted in February 1944 with the Secretary of State of Georgia. After organizing the Church, Bishop O’Neal and spiritual colleagues (former classmates of Progressive Spiritualist Church) conducted their first gathering in the home of Mother Mary Motes located on Irene Street. Those in attendance where Reverend Pauline Ealy O’Neal, Evangelist Rosia Adams, Evangelist Bervinia King Billingsley, Evangelist Levell Cardwell, Evangelist Charlossa Chandler, Evangelist Oliver M. McNair, Evangelist Josie M. Moore, Evangelist Katty Stovall, and Elder Frank McDowell. Later within the year, Bishop O’Neal and congregation marched into their new worship space located at 215 Harris Street, Atlanta, Georgia. In April of 1955, the church relocated to 18 Jackson Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia due to the Atlanta Urban Renewal Project.
The Founding Ministers designed National Divine Spiritual to be an Educational Institute as well as a place of Worship. The School was designed to teach and promote the spiritual gifts of God. In return, the students edified the Church with their spiritual gifts by serving their fellowman. During the time of segregation, National Divine afforded minorities to find a religious freedom within their community and in their lives. The vision enabled everyone to flow freely in the Holy Spirit of God to build up the Spiritual Body of Christ. This was made possible by spiritual practices with the worship experience, which extends to those in attendance to find deliverance, comfort, peace, joy, and love through the meditation, healing, prophecy, and the Spoken Word of God.
On June 14th, our beloved Founder and teacher. Bishop Hiram O’Neal made his transition to the Heavenly Realm.
Evangelist Pauline Ealy O’Neal took the responsibility as Pastor of National Divine. Reverend Pauline O’Neal lead and served faithfully until her spiritual transition on November 14th, 1986.
On December 1st, 1986, Reverend Bobby L. Graham, Sr., assisted Pastor of Reverend Pauline O’Neal, was elevated to serve as Pastor. Reverend Bobby L. Graham, Sr. served as our leader for 24 years.
On February 6th, 2011, Reverend Bobby Lee Graham, Jr. was installed as our Pastor. He is the grandson to our founders, the son to our overseers, and he has the spirit of God, the vision, and the integrity of National Divine Spiritual Church. To God be the Glory!
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18