Rev. Lord of Titusville leaves decades-long legacy

The late Rev. Peter Lord, left, enjoyed relaxing over meals at local restaurants with small groups that met in his home. He is pictured here with group member David Rogers.

A Brevard County giant of the faith stepped from this world into the next at age 91 on March 4.

He was the Rev. Peter Lord, founding pastor of Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville.

For 30 years, his booming voice echoed from the pulpit, a position Pastor Steve Yuke fills today. After retirement in 1996, Lord traveled the world preaching.

His message resonated in hearts, said those who knew him.

It impacted Darlene Enz, a church member since 1984.

“Pastor Peter was an amazing person. His heart was for people to have a deeper relationship with the Lord,” she said.

That emphasis was carried via television, recordings, retreats, missions and books.

His “2959 Regular Prayer Plan” sold more than a half-million copies, and “Hearing God” was a bestseller. These and Lord’s other books are available at the Park Avenue Baptist Church bookstore and on Amazon.

In addition to being a pastor, orator and author, Lord was a family man. He and his late wife, Johnnie, are survived by children Richard Lord, Susan Lord, Ruth Ingram, John Lord and Jim Dellas. There are nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

During his later years, Lord led small groups at his home and took time for individuals.

Among them is longtime church member Josie Campbell, who has since moved to San Antonio, Texas to found Trailblazer Ministries.

“Pastor Peter was a shepherd who herded me back into the fold,” she said. “He faithfully cared for me and my family and mentored my son, Austin.”

This continued after the family moved and during the pandemic. Lord and the young man would call back and forth.

“Austin looked forward to those talks and enjoyed them,” Campbell said.

She and Lord closed their last conversation by praying for each other.

“He was faithful until the end. We will miss him,” she said.

Peter Lord will be remembered at Park Avenue Baptist Church during Sunday services at 8, 9:15 and 11 a.m. April 11 and 18.

The Titusville church is at 2600 Park Ave. Call 321-269-6702 or visit parkavenue.org.