7. Spiritual Fatherhood

Posted: March 24, 2009 in African American, Christianity, faith, fathers, Religion, Uncategorized
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“A tribute to Wilbur T. Purvis III”pastor-p1

The spiritual father is a man whose very presence manifests power, not over people, but over the fallen angels. He knows the road of spiritual growth. His heart is sufficiently “purified from passions” and therefore spiritually open, while his mind in mourning and prayer dwells in such an “opened heart”.

This became apparent to me as I’m reflecting on the past four years of being a member of Destiny World Church. This past week, Wilbur T. Purvis III celebrated 16 years as senior pastor of DWC, formerly Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.

In January 2008, Pastor Purvis changed the vision to: Loving God, Connecting People, and Changing Lives, making it crystal clear what our respective destinies should include.

Although I was born in Detroit, I feel as though I’ve been reborn since joining DWC in 2005.  Personally connecting with a pastor on so many different levels is a rare occurrence. Pastor P (whom he prefers to be called) is a young, energetic, entrepreneurially minded Black man who exemplifies certain cardinal principals: manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift. And yes, he and I share a love for Omega so profound we’re willing to get in the “kut” to demonstrate our love for her.

Pastor P has always portrayed himself as a leader who is humanly-flawed; stating that he often ministers to himself while ministering to the congregation.  Never the pessimist, his life is the beacon of light, leading all to their respective destiny.

I also want to send a special shout-out to his lovely wife and good friend, Kimberly Purvis, who unknowingly has challenged first-ladies to embody the characteristics of friendliness, class, and the essence of elegance.

Although it’s not officially Father’s Day, Pastor’s Anniversary symbolizes the same, while providing the spiritual foundation to the brand known as FathersFootprints.

divinccique1God bless you Pastor P,



  1. jaguar96 says:

    Wow, this is such a nice tribute. Very fitting, very true. I, like a lot of DWC folks, have been blessed beyond measure by his ministry. Thank you for taking the time to be a blessing to my brother (& Pastor, I might add). Words, whether kind or unkind, mean a lot. I will have to forward this to the rest of the fam so they can check it out. Thanks Damon. WB

  2. Valerie says:

    Nice tribute Damon.

  3. Michelle Pollock says:

    I agree. He relates to us in a way that some who are called to ministry often do not. He is who is in spite of his call and the responsibilty he has – relatable. Thanks Pastor! Thanks Damon.

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