Photo by Jeylin White
Fountain of Faith Youth Pastor Daniel Perry uses this severed head of a soldier to teach his youth the biblical message of David and Goliath the giant.
RIVERDALE — Youth Pastor Daniel Perry has a rather unconventional approach when it comes to preaching the word of God. Perry, better known as “Pastor P,” just doesn’t show up with the Bible in his hands on Sunday morning to give the same old boring lecture.
He turns the Bible into a full-out production — incorporating his years of creative imagery. Some members have even coined him as the “Tyler Perry” (no relation) for youth today.
“In the 26 years that I have been here, Pastor Perry has been the greatest blessing to me and this ministry,” said Senior Pastor Reginald B. Newman of Fountain of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, in Riverdale.
Perry assumed the role as Creative Director and ambassador for today’s youth earlier this month. He brings more than 15 years of experience working with children and teens, from The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, in Decatur.
Educated at Colorado Northwestern College, Art Institute of Atlanta and Luther Rice University, this licensed and ordained minister makes the Bible come alive every fourth and fifth Sunday. Perry said he is more than equipped to bring excitement into the youth ministry at The Fountain of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, with an extensive background in the world of visual communication.
“I had a great career in communication. It was always my passion to bring the two things I love most — mentoring youth and my love for film,” said Perry.
He recalled the day he was called to full-time ministry. He had to pray and ask God what his niche was.
“When I started, I found myself mimicking other preachers and it wasn’t me,” Perry said. “Then God showed me that it was my creative ability that would capture young people. The rest is history.”
The award-winning creative director transforms into many characters that draw kids and adults to the stage like a magnet. Characters like “super cool Rico Swagger” who is stuck in the 70’s and wears a colorful silk button down shirt with flowers, checkered pants and white platform shoes, and “Auntie Lawd How Mercy,” who walks with a cane and her buttocks stick out in her blue dress.
“The kids and even adults get a real kick out of that. They all laugh,” Perry said. “Once the audience’s attention is captured, God’s Word is delivered in their lives.”
Perry said his passion is to change and motivate young people to accept the powerful Word of God and be a beacon of light in a dark world.
“He really knows how to connect with the young people in a way that none of us has been able to. They really trust him and many have joined because of him,” Newman said.