- Faith & Family
There is no way for the members of The Church of the Living God [176 SW 6th Street] in Deerfield Beach to describe the current state of their congregation without using the word growth. The head pastor of the church, Dennis Fulmore, 52, spoke highly of the growth that he is seeing and the necessary expansion that is awaiting the growing congregation.
“The church has grown tremendously,” Fulmore said. “We are planning to make necessary expansions and have purchased the land across the street to accommodate our expansion.”
A legacy of faith
The phrase rooted in the church rings true for Fulmore. He grew up in the same church in which he now serves as pastor.
“My mother was a minister here and my father was a deacon,”
Fulmore said. “This has been my church since I was a child. I have held every position in the church.”
Fulmore’s history of leadership and growth in the church has made him a valuable asset to the growing potential of the church. His official motto is simple and can be credited to the church’s growing appeal.
“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” Fulmore said. “For us, it’s not about where you come from.”
Since being appointed pastor a year ago, the membership has grown from 19 to 300 — a remarkable feat
“What pushes me is my desire for everyone to hear the Lord say ‘well done.,’” Fulmore said. “Our church is very concerned with saving souls.”
Fulmore’s wife, Brenda Fulmore, 50, has maintained a very active role in the church and the changes that she has seen happening within the church surprise even her.
“We have one of the strongest men’s ministries I have ever seen in a church, which is surprising because it’s normally the women who are more active,” she said.
While the church is experiencing tremendous growth, the heart of the community remains the church’s central focus. Some of their well-known community events include: the “Gospelfest,” “Back-to-School Bash” and “Youth Explosion.”
“Our church believes that a person should be able to find refuge, food, clothing and anything else that support life,” Fulmore said. “We want to leave a legacy of love and giving.”
By Ju’lia Samuels