After 24 years of ministry at Delphi, my family and I were able to take a 4-Sunday vacation in July. It was a much needed, much appreciated break. We had some great family time, and were specifically seeking God through prayer and reading, as to the days ahead. We attended church each Sunday morning. Three of the four Sundays were refreshing. Grace Community Assembly, Branson, Missouri (Pastor Dave Betzer), Destiny Church, St. Louis (Pastor Jim Stern), and Cross Tabernacle, Terre Haute, Indiana (Pastor Keith Taylor) were churches where we experienced the Presence of God.
We were able to talk with each of these pastors, and found them to be warm, godly, humble, and hungry for a move of God. Any of those churches would be ones where I would go back again. God spoke to us differently in each church. Then, was the church from Tennessee. A 2000 member church that started off the “service” with a non-religious country song, followed by a song from the movie “Despicable Me.” My spirit was grieved early in the so-called service, where we experienced no prayer, no Presence, and no altar call. A nice motivational session... but I don’t call this CHURCH! Our country desperately needs a spiritual awakening—and it’s not going to happen by man-centered, man-designed motivational sessions. Oh God, pour out your Spirit in your Church today!!!
Pastor Brent Oliver grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and is an Ordained Minister through the Assemblies of God. Before embarking on God’s plan to establish a church in Delphi, Pastor Brent served in both Peru and Logansport, Indiana encompassing over 29 years of fulltime ministry. His vision and creativity has been the benchmark for the growing ministry at Delphi First and after 23 years, his passion and leadership could not be stronger.