Steve Reynolds wants his flock to be big losers.
Big losers of weight, that is.
The senior pastor of Capital Baptist Church in Annandale, Va., is spearheading a weight-loss challenge that he claims has helped his congregation lose more than 12,000 pounds since 2007.
“I want to show people — all types of people, especially Christian people — that we’re made by God, but we’re also made for God, and we need to honour him with our bodies,” he told msnbc.com
The program, Bod 4 God, is named after his book which “shows how you can change your life forever by committing your body to God’s glory.”
Reynolds has served as the church’s pastor since 1982. He launched the campaign in his church and community after he lost more than 100 pounds, and he has been featured on FOX News, CNN, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.
Incidentally, a study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University last March found that young adults in the U.S. who frequently attended religious activities were 50% more likely to become obese by middle age than those with no religious participation in young adulthood.