Oral St. Patrick Walters is the Senior Pastor at Living Word Christian Center International Ministries. A Church that is focused on impacting and shaping a generation and its community through worship, prayer, God’s word, lifestyle. 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 the small town of Point Hill, Jamaica, West Indies. However, 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, 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 is served in various capacities (Youth Director, Choir Director, Sunday School Teacher, to name a few). It was then that Bishop Francis recognized the hand of God in his life and the potential for expanded ministry that lied within him, and recommended him to enroll in 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 tutiledge 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 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 formerly known Coral Springs Church of God. In 2008 he became an ordained bishop with the Church of God. Since taking over the and becoming ordained, Pastor Oral has reestablishment the ministry where there is a steady continuous growth in numbers from under 50 to well over 200 in attendance, which caused us the ministry to relocate from a 3000 square feet facility to one that over 10,000 square feet. We have seen many souls saved and lives changed and transformed through the preaching of the gospel.
In 2012 the ministry officially changed its name to what it is today Living Word Christian Center International Ministries. The ministry currently operates with the ministries: 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 28 years and the father four children, Oral II, Marc Antoine, Brandon and Fenisha; and three grandchildren.