Oral St. Patrick Walters is the Senior Pastor at Living Word Christian Center International Ministries, a Church who's mission is to "Shape a Generation for the Kingdom of God". Pastor Walters is known for his passion and desire to do the will of God with a spirit of excellence. His motto, “When excellence becomes tradition, there is no end to greatness.”
Pastor Oral, was born in Point Hill, Jamaica, West Indies. However in April 1973, he, his parents and siblings migrated to Yonkers, New York. Where in 1978, he graduated from Charles E. Gorton High School; after which he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served for fourteen years.
During his tenure with the Air Force he earned numerous certifications of merit, including the Air Force Commendation medal, and an Associated Applied Science Degree in Aircraft Accessory Systems Technology from Community College of the Air Force. Additionally, while serving in the Air Force, Pastor Walters continued his studies at the Iona College in New Rochelle, New York; and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems, he later received a Telecommunication Professional Certificate from the University of Miami.
In April 1993, Pastor Oral relocated to the sunshine state of Florida. He became a member of Monument of Faith Church of God, under the leadership of Bishop James Francis, where he served in various capacities such as (Youth Director, Choir Director, Sunday School Teacher, to name a few). Bishop Francis recognized the call of God on his life as well as the potential for expanded ministry, and recommended him for the Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) of the Church of God; of which he successfully graduated.
As a requirement of the MIP training, he spent nine months under the tutelage of Bishop David L. Poitier at the Hallendale Church of God. Following his internship, he served the Greater Fort Lauderdale Church of God, under the leadership of the late Bishop Lennox H. Powell, as Associate Pastor and District Youth Director.
In 2004, after the passing of his father Bishop Joel E. Walters, Pastor Oral assumed leadership of the formerly known Coral Springs Church of God. Under his leadership, the ministry has experienced steady continuous growth both numerically and spiritually. In 2008 he attained the rank of Ordained Bishop of the Church of God.
In 2012 the ministry officially changed its name to what it is today Living Word Christian Center International Ministries. The ministry currently operates the following: Youth Ministry, Children’s Church, X-Men (Extraordinary Men’s Ministry), Women’s Ministry, The Arts Ministry (Music, Dance, Drama), Media Ministry, and Missions and Evangelism Ministry. These ministries have impacted the lives of many, especially those within the Coral Springs community and other surrounding communities. The Missions and Evangelism Ministry’s establishment of a Food Bank, which now feeds over 500 families.
Pastor Walters greatest accomplishments is being married to his beautiful wife and partner in ministry Pastor Sandra J. Walters, for 31 years and the father of four children, Oral II, MarcAntoine, Brandon and Fenisha; and six grandchildren.