The two organizations Stutzman is involved with, Real Life Church and The Prodigal Center, have been a part of the Hunts Points community since 2010 and 2017, respectively. (Photo: Courtesy of Pastor Reggie Stutzman)

Pastor Reggie Stutzman is lifting up those in need during the pandemic

Pastor Reggie Stutzman, 47, knew his life would be involved with the church since he was a teenager. Just as the people in his life influenced this decision, they also played a role in his decision to set up shop in Hunt Points.

Stutzman has been involved with full-time ministry for close to 25 years now. He’s come to know many pastors during his time. He says that other pastors sold him on Hunts Point after they enlightened him on the needs of the area and the way an Assemblies of God affiliated church would benefit the community.

The two organizations Stutzman is involved with, Real Life Church and The Prodigal Center, have been a part of the Hunts Points community since 2010 and 2017, respectively.

The Prodigal Center’s mission to feed, clothe and assist those in need. And this mission was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stutzman says that before the pandemic, the non-profit served around 300-400 people a week; that number is now closer to 1,000 people.

“We really looked at who was in the community and felt this is where God is leading us to bring the gospel to the community,” says Stutzman.

Although Stutzman lives in Morris Park, he’s come to know Hunts Point very well over the years. He says his favorite thing about the community is the people. And while not everyone who knows him attends his church, Stutzman says it’s an “incredible feeling” when people stop him in the street or call out to him because he’s helped or impacted them at some point.

When he’s not at church or The Prodigal Center, Stutzman might be home watching a movie. The self-proclaimed movie buff says his favorite movie is The Godfather, but he’s a fan of anything mafia-related.

At home, Stutzman spends time with his wife, Ibelsa, and two of his three children. Lately he’s been thinking about picking up painting again, something he says he did a lot in high school. He says all his children are artists, and that his middle and youngest are especially talented painters and artists. With the pandemic’s timeline remaining unclear, Stutzman says he’ll be sure to get back into painting soon.

“I see what they’re doing and I’m like, man, I need to stir it up again,” says Stutzman.

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