Radiant Living Worship Center Celebrates Pastoral Anniversary
When Deerfield Beach’s Radiant Living Worship Center celebrates its pastoral anniversary on Sunday, the tiny church is expecting a crowd so large it has rented Deerfield Park Elementary School’s auditorium for the occasion.
The 140 parishioners have invited friends and family. Bishop Anthony Pelt has mentioned the celebration at a Deerfield Beach Housing Authority meeting. On this Sunday, Pelt himself plans to be in the back, instead of his customary place pacing in front of the pulpit. He’ll be there, he said, so he can enjoy the music and the praise dancers, and preaching by Art Sands, Bartow Church of God.
“You know what? I told someone, `I really feel called to this. I don’t have to pastor – I get to pastor,’“ he said, his baritone voice undulating with a rhythm that, on Sundays, gets voices responding and heads nodding. “I get to touch lives and see the transformative power of God in lives…”
It’s been nine years since Pelt was called to the church. Ordained Bishop after serving as senior pastor at Cathedral Church of God, Deerfield Beach, Pelt was living in Farmingdale, a community outside of New York City while he served as New York State Youth and Christian Education Director; as a board member of the International Board of Youth and Christian Education, and as member of the General Assembly Cabinet for the Church of God.
But Pelt said he was Florida born and raised and eventually had enough of the weather. He returned to Florida with his family to work as senior planner for Seminole County.
“My dream job was to be Mayor of my city, Rockledge, Florida,” he recalled Thursday. But, as Pelt might say, God had other plans.
One need only sit through one sermon to appreciate Pelt’s appeal. Pacing in a royal purple robe, he doesn’t speak, so much as converse and parishioners listen attentively, knowing that they could be asked to respond.
It is clear that Pelt is winning his crusade against religious apathy. As the pace accelerates, parishioners rise to their feet and raise hands and the congregation has swelled to 140 supporting 12 ministries: several choirs, instrumentalists and a praise team, volunteer chaplain with the Broward Sheriff’s Department, and, now, as chairman of the board of the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority.
This Sunday, Pelt says, he expects everyone for a day of music, prayer and a picnic. “We going to have all our friends and all our loved ones and it’s larger than our place holds,” he said.
Radiant Living Worship Center’s pastoral anniversary celebration is Sunday at 10 a.m. at Deerfield Park Elementary School, 650 S.W. Third Ave. See www.radliving.org or call 954-708-2195.