Herman Stalvey ... 27 Oct 1979

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, - r Wu ''jr s - t - iV - ; tBwwwBHBPi",' - T TODAY PIMM Or Mart Mil THE REV. HERMAN STALVEY STANDS IN FRONT OF HIS CHURCH . . . he's angry about Channel 34's decision to cancel his Sunday morning show Preacher Fights Ditching Of His Television Show By MARK SELL TODAY ItoffWrlttr VERO BEACH - The Rev. Herman Stalvey is a hot preacher in a cool medium. medium. "I'm the preacher who dares to be different," he likes to boast. Slick he isn't. He greases his hair back with vaseline and water, wears dark rhinestone - studded leisure suits under the television lights and babbles babbles in tongues as he lays his hand on the foreheads of the infirm and troubled. If you want to see him on television, catch "World On Fire Revivals" for 30 minutes minutes starting at 10 a.m. Sunday Sunday on Channel 34. The curious curious and faithful can see him live 3 p.m. any Sunday at the First Church of the Last Chance at 43rd Avenue and King's Highway. But if you live in Vero Beach, Sunday will be your last chance to see his television television program. Channel 34 is cutting the show off the air after three years and replacing it with the secular Charles Kuralt's "CBS News Sunday Morning". Morning". And Herman Stalvey is hopping mad. He's spreading petitions and starting a letter - writing campaign. Fundamentalist preachers all over the county will take to the pulpit to object Sunday. Stalvey offers religion in the raw. He's the 15th child of a South Georgia farmer, and his background shows In his accent, manner' and religious fervor.' . But what World on Fire lacks in sophistication, it makes up for in soul. "My ministry has been chosen to bridge the gap between between denominations and races," he says. People don't go to his church to dress up or score social points. People of all (colors sit together, most of mem poor or wonung iou. cause they believe. An old woman with thick glasses arises from the congregation congregation and complains of stomach pains'. "The Lord tells me you have trouble in your peptic glands. He tells me you have poor blood circulation in the lower part of your body," says Stalvey. He lays his hand on her head and closes his eyes. "In the name of the Lord. Shaba ka! Whool Add FIRE in Jesus' name! "Bless JEEZusI Whoo! Boola Mon Kosh SHONDola Bahia! God bless you!" he shouts. Quivering,. she raises her hands in praise and thanks, her malady gone. Faces blur out of focus and the image shakes on the screen. When it's all over, Stalvey Stalvey comes onscreen to ask for support and money. Stalvey says the church has a thin margin of profit, sustained by contributions from his video congregation. He started out in a tent 6ri U.S. 1 in 1969, one year after he was "saved" in 1968 following careers in the Army and in television electronics. electronics. In 1972, he poured the concrete for the First Church of the Last Chance, which now stands with three large crosses on the roof. Stalvey lives in a small frame house in the back. Like it or not, Stalvey's televised revival meetings reach four television stations and 140 cable systems around the nation. Ask WTVX Assistant General Manager Dick Allen why the show's going off, and hell say; economics. "It's the old ratings game and we have to play it locally, too," he. said. The station wants to capture the Sunday "morning market by giving viewers an alternative alternative to religious programming. programming. And he says the blunt truth of the matter Is that watch Charles Kuralt than World On Fire Revivals. "We have 70,000 TV households," he said. "I question seriously we're get - ting 1,000 from that program." program." ' One way or the other, he said, Charles Kuralt will stay. But if enough people write in, the station might put Stalvey's "World on Fire Revival" back on the air: But not until next year. Stalvey believes ratings aren't all behind the show's cancellation. "It's a spiritual force. It's a Satanic force, let's face it," he said. "This watered - down stuff doesn't hurt, but people are hurt by the truth. And people are hungering for the truth." Just because Stalvey might be through with Channel Channel 34 doesn't mean he's through with television. "I'd like to make one movie and I'd like to call it 'The Rev.' It'd be about one who has fists and knows how to use them, a brain and knows how to use it, and feet and knows how to walk with them," he said. "I'm a country country boy, but I'm no dummy." Daniels They are there either be - . cause they're curiouspr be - , more people would rather Area churches of several conduct the E.J. Daniels canvas cathedral at Kiwanis nightly Sunday through E J. Daniels and his including music director Danny Bos of The Netherlands and Special guest Monday television's "Green Acres." going to Hollywood, when thin or too country to make It Pre - crusade services for Daniels and Showers. Sessions courtship and marriage. Jamboree," featuring movies Nurseries with qualified the churches sponsoring the Concert Johnny Cook, formerly will appear In conceit at 7:30 Center on U.S. 1 midway A , - iursery will be .fl

Clipped from Florida Today27 Oct 1979, SatPage 1B

Florida Today (Cocoa, Florida)27 Oct 1979, SatPage 1B
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