New kid on the holy block: Terry Durham child pastor

May 19th, 2009 - 7:07 pm ICT by GD  

They say good things come in small packages. Apparently that seems to be the divine verdict as well. Proof positive in the case at hand being newest kid (quite literally so!) to hit the holy block, Terry Durham. This 11 year-old divinity-sayer has created quite a stir in the community in particular and the nation in general, with hordes of believers and non-believers as well as skeptics closely following his brush with divinity.

This 4th grader and his controversial ministry have become a rather animated topic for conversation, with his chequered family background raising questions about the integrity of the child preacher’s endeavors. While ABC’s special segment “Nightline” seeks to focus on the journey of the holy little boy, the website runs a special conversation with Terry’s father and grandmother. The conversation seeks to shed light on both the kid’s dad and grandmom’s less than ‘good Christian’ past, namely their brush with the law and prior criminals records, and attempts to cover the probable motivation behind Terry being launched prematurely into his pastoral career, hinting at possibly not-so-holy intentions after all. While child pastors are not really that unheard of, this pastoral prodigy certainly is intriguing in his own right. He was ordained at the tender age of 6 by his grandmother in the True Gospel Deliverance ministry, at a church which conveniently happened to be founded by her, in the Fort Lauderdale area. Gifted with the voice that would make even angels weep, this little boy began traveling when he was 8, in the local region. Soon he was touring nationally as well as internationally.

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