Evangelist Dea Warford was born to the family of a back-slidden pentecostal preacher. His dad was an alcoholic by the time Dea was born.
Dea was raised in the Ontario, California area about 40 miles east of Los Angeles. In the second grade, he visited a summer vacation Bible School and received Christ. However, with little encouragement from home, he backslid: but, the Lord didn't forget that decision.
Dea's uncle, Charles Lynch, who, like his dad, was also a backslidden pentecostal preacher, became known as the 'best preacher' in the Ku Klux Klan. The House Subcommittee on UnAmercian Activities at one time said Charles was 'the most dangerous man in America.' He would preach at KKK rallies, twice inciting race riots (in St. Augustine Florida and Bogalusa, Louisiana). He spent time in prison for it! One southern attorney-general offered him thousands of dollars to leave the state and never come back. Charles would visit in Dea's home and put his big pistol on the nightstand while sleeping.
Dea became his 'protege'. He taught Dea the white race was the 10 'lost tribes' of Israel, spread throughout the world. And since the Bible says in Romans 11:26. 'All Israel shall be saved', that meant all white people would one day be saved and make heaven their home. (Believing this, Dea lived the usual sinful unsaved teenager’s life). Charles thought the blacks were probably aliens from another planet, so we needed to ship them back to Africa. The Jews were a race resulting from sexual intercourse between Satan and Eve (that's what the 'forbidden fruit' was all about!). As a result of Charles' influence on Dea, his goal in life in high school was to become 'Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan', to be a preacher of the superiority of the white race like his Uncle Charles, and to one day send all the blacks back to Africa. Dea took hate literature to high school, became involved in debates against integration, went to National States Rights Party rallies, and went to 'Church of Jesus Christ, Christian' services where they taught British Israelism. Yet, he had no peace in his heart.
One day another uncle who also was a pentecostal preacher (but not backslidden) told Dea: 'Dea, the Bible says you can believe a lie and be damned' (quoting from 2 Thess. 2:10-12). Upon hearing this, fear gripped Dea's heart. 'What if I am believing a lie? I sure don't want to go to hell for it!' Dea thought to himself. Thus he made a decision to start a pursuit of the truth. He lived like any other average unsaved teen throughout the day, but at night, he would read a few chapters in the gospels, with an open heart, trying to discern the truth. Then, he would kneel and pray before bedtime and ask, 'Lord, reveal to me the truth.' It didn't happen overnight, but over the course of several months, light began to dawn on his soul. He saw in the Word that Jesus didn't teach segregation - he taught salvation. Jesus didn't teach hatred - he taught love. Beginning to feel conviction, he went to a church and repented of his sins. But, then he would talk with his Uncle Charles, and his uncle would convince him once again of the 'truth of the KKK'. Dea felt the call to preach, but was confused: Should he preach the KKK 'truths' or the gospel of repentance?
He registered at California State Polytechnic College in Pomona, California, planning to major in Social Science. He felt if he had letters behind his name, it would make people listen more readily to his touting the superiority of the white race. But, a few weeks before college started, Dea went to a youth camp, sponsored by the Foursquare Churches of southern California. There when the gospel of Christ was preached, Dea's journey for the truth was finally once and for all determined. He rededicated his life to Christ, received the Holy Spirit and felt called to "preach the one true Gospel of Christ." Within weeks, he was attending Life Bible College in Los Angeles, attending a Foursquare Church, was baptized in water, and was preaching the gospel to the lost at the age of 17. Now, he preaches all over America, convinced the Word of God has the answers to life's confusions and complexities and convinced also that God answers prayer. Dea's life is truly a testimony of the grace of God. His 'life verse' is Philippians 1:6, 'Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ'.