It was 2006, and a thought dawned on Steve Reynolds.
"I knew that I was a temple trasher. I was trashing the temple," says Reynolds.
Weighing 340 pounds and dealing with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes; the Virginia-based pastor decided he needed to make a change.
"I surrendered my fork to God and my ice cream spoon. And, God helped me lose the weight and with that God helped me lose high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes," he said.
In the last seven years, Reynolds has lost 120 pounds and become a national speaker, sharing his message of losing to live.
"Christians are the most overweight people group. That's a documented fact," said Reynolds. "And, so, basically God has given me a platform to help everyone, including Christians. That's why we're in the this church today. We want to help churches grow larger through outreach but smaller through weight loss."
Monday night was his first trip to South Dakota. Grace Point Wesleyan in Brookings welcomed him. He hopes some folks in the audience will join his crusade.
"It's fair to say thousands of people have lost of tons of weight."