Born in Bloomington, Indiana. He received his BS degree from Indiana University, his Masters degree from Trevecca College, and did post graduate work at the University of Tennessee. He is a licensed K-12 School Administrator and a certified teacher.
Pastor Deckard has been involved in a variety of ministry roles: pastoring, planting churches, home missionary work, curriculum development for Word Aflame publications, teaching overseas in Papua New Guinea, and leadership development. His writing has been featured in numerous magazines, both secular and Christian. He has pastored churches in Tennesee, Indiana and Iowa. He is the Coordinator of Apostolic Training Institute, a distance learning initiative of the Home Missions Division, Iowa District coordinator of Purpose Institute and is a member of the Iowa District Board of the United Pentecostal Church. He has pastured Calvary Apostolic church in Des Moines, Iowa for almost 10 years.