Pastor Todd Curry

Jalessa Rogers | July 19th, 2021
Pastor Todd Curry (Photos by Still Shots Photography)

Pastor Todd Curry (Photos by Still Shots Photography)

Todd Curry, also known as “Pastor T”, is a leader in the body of Christ. He is also a prolific teacher, community activist, and award-winning producer and songwriter.

For the past five years, he has shepherded the flock of St. Peter, The Rock, Inc., a ministry located in the Eastwood Community of Pinehurst, North Carolina. His message can be described as flourishing, as Pastor T aims to spread his “Kingdom Minded” philosophy to everyone, both young and old. As fate would have it, St. Peter, The Rock is the same church his father, Bishop C.L. Curry, preached to and served for several years.

Pastor Curry is the youngest of three children. He was born to Gretchel Curry and the late Bishop C.L. Curry in Grand Forks, North Dakota. “Growing up in the church, I was reared in fear and admonition,” he says. He remained faithful as he worked as an Associate Minister, Minister of Music, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, and Choir Director, up under the tutelage of his father for 28 years. “Church is all I knew. I loved music from the very beginning. I started out playing the guitar that my father bought me and eventually learned how to play the organ and the keyboard,” Curry said.

Curry shares that he learned early in his faith walk that “You can be anointed but not appointed and need to sit back and learn.” Curry did just that, and when the time was right, his father, Bishop C.L. Curry, saw something in his son and gave him his blessing to go forth in full-time ministry.

While many pastors to pass away while being in office, that wasn’t the case for Curry’s father. The late Bishop worked tirelessly to serve God. While Curry would lead the ministry on Sundays, his father would be sitting in the congregation watching him proudly as he delivered the sermon to the church, encouraging him to spread the word to God’s people. “I thought my father was completely stopping, but he would still come to church every single Sunday, and every Monday, we would have our talks. He never once tried to tell me how to run the church. He was always sitting back proud,” Curry explained.

Curry and his wife of 26 years, April, affectionately known as Lady A, have always had a heart for ministry and outreach. They have taken in numerous youth under their training and have justly opened their hearts to serve the lives of their ‘special needs’ children, which led them to open up Curry’s Haven, LLP in 2008. Curry’s Haven is a six-time nationally accredited organization set up to train, support, house, and serve special needs children and adults. They also regularly reach out to help behavioral and troubled youth, who are also a part of their organization.

Curry’s passion for the unsaved and less fortunate has transformed into the outreach ministry, TLC Unlimited, Inc. With TLC Unlimited, Inc., they can serve individuals who need clothing and food and help get them back on their feet with job placement, schooling, and shelter.

Along with withholding many titles in the church and the community, Pastor T is the lead singer of his musical group, Todd Curry and FOCUS, which is under the umbrella of TLC Unlimited. The nationally acclaimed, award-winning group has won several national awards and even appeared on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel for their Sunday morning showing. Out of 42 groups of every music genre across the country, they were one of two gospel groups selected by the State Department of the United States and allowed to audition for the Rhythm Road Project at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. FOCUS was also chosen as one of the nation’s top 10 groups by judges with the Gospel Music Channel and American Heart Association.

Ministry and music go hand in hand for Curry. His freshman project, “It’s All Good” along with his sophomore project, “Quit Playin Church”, was released by his own record company, TLC Unlimited, Inc., and received National Digital distribution with Trevano/Ingrooves/Universal Music Groups. Their albums were available for purchase at stores including Walmart, Kmart, Best Buy, and Barnes & Noble, to name a few. Their music can be heard on Sirius Radio, Pandora, and many other streaming services and stations across the nation.

Curry has recorded with the ministries of St. Peter, The Rock, Inc. The ministries include the Choir, Children/Youth Choir, Men’s Chorus, Praise and Worship teams, and a new young group of sisters called “Lyric”. His recent project is entitled “Standing on The Rock”. The album made the Billboard top 25 Gospel Album Chart and the Gospel Music Association Top 25 Chart showcasing the top albums in the country. This phenomenal project has also qualified for the First Ballot of the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards in four categories and made the Nominee Finalists Roster for The Stellar Awards for Traditional Choir of the Year. Only four nominees were chosen: The Chicago Mass Choir, Rev. Luther Barnes, Ricky Dillard, and Pastor Curry and the ministry choir.

Eventually, Curry hopes to bring the choir sound in gospel music back to the church, one song at a time. In the meantime, he plans to allow God to continue to order his steps and lead the way. A few of these steps directed Curry back to school and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). In honor of his father, he was granted an opportunity to walk across the stage and finish college with a 3.91 GPA in May of this year. To God be the glory!

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