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EAST TEXAS (KYTX) -- God's will. Their power.

That's how Pastor Doug Anderson said the Rose Heights Congregation will be transformed.   

For him, it all goes back to the scripture that refers to our bodies being a temple of God. That and a wake-up call the pastor got from his doctor.

"My name is Doug Anderson and I am obese," he said. 

Those words weighed heavy on Anderson. 60 pounds over-weight, he turned to the scripture.

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit who is in you, whom you have from god, and you are not your own?"

Anderson became determined to make a change.

"I read one article by another pastor that was picked up by the news that said, 'Christians are the fattest sub-culture in America,'" he said. "And preachers lead the way and I can't really deny that."  

And the series "Transformation" was born. 

Anderson is hoping his congregation will walk beside him.

"I challenge you...," he said. "To also do something about your health."   

"I am excited," Manager and member of Rose Heights Church Connie Brown said. "Often you don't hear Pastor's wanting to decrease the size of their congregations, but with members trying to get fit and perhaps shed some unneeded pounds."

Brown is accepting her pastor's challenge to get healthy. She's always been active. Always been a walker. But something changed at 40.

"What everybody says your whole life and you said that will never happen to me," she said. " happens. It's really tough to stay fit and in shape after 40. So yeah, it's going to be a good thing. It's going to be encouraging, motivating thing."  

Brown said she wants to be 40 pounds lighter, but filled emotionally and spiritually.

"Absolutely it's going to help us go out for the kingdom," she said. 

Anderson said it starts with him.

"I am sick and tired of being sick and tired," he said. "I need a transformation."  

Anderson said he doesn't want people to only focus on losing weight. He said this is about getting healthy. And he doesn't expect it to be complete in 12 weeks, but it's a start.

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