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5-Year-Old Kid 'Preacher' Goes Viral for Baptizing Toy, Shares John 3:16 on Jennifer Hudson's TV Show

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A five-year-old who went viral for baptizing his Paw Patrol toy recently preached to millions on national television about baptism, faith in Christ, and living for God.

Luke Tillman appeared on Jennifer Hudson's self-titled daytime television show and talked about his aspirations to become a preacher, shared John 3:16, and sang "Take Me to the Water" alongside the Grammy Award-winning singer.

On Dec. 29, Tillman's mother posted a video of him baptizing his Paw Patrol toy named Chase.


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To his mother's surprise, Tillman filled a bathtub with water and said his toy was "ready for baptism."

"Are you sure Chase wants to get baptized?" Tillman's mother asked. "Yeah," Tillman replied, "He needs the Holy Ghost!"

The video has been viewed by millions on social media.

Tillman says he got the idea to baptize his toys from his father who baptized him at the age of four. 

"He preached to 20 million people in one week – I haven't reached that in 20 years – and I am very happy about that," his father, Ezra, told Hudson. 

Ezra serves as the pastor of First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan. 

Little Luke says he wants to grow up and be just like his father. "When I grow up I'm gonna be a pastor and a Christian," Tillman said.


His father shared it is a blessing that his son wants to follow in his footsteps. 

"It's a blessing," Ezra said. "You know the pressure is always on PK's (pastor's kids) and that whole development. For him to decide to want to do it, and authentically want to do it, it's a blessing."

Hudson asked Luke to share his favorite scripture and without hesitation, he recited John 3:16 to the audience: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

The interview ended with Tillman singing "Take Me to the Water" with Hudson and the audience joining him. 

"You have lifted us all up," Hudson said. "You have an amazing calling on your life, so you keep doing what you're doing, OK, and walking to God's will. You gonna do that?" 

"I'm never forget about God. Amen," he declared. 

Hudson ended the segment by giving the young man a basket full of Paw Patrol stuffed animals.

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Talia Wise has served as a multi-media producer for, CBN Newswatch, The Prayer Link, and CBN News social media outlets. Prior to joining CBN News she worked for Fox Sports Florida producing and reporting. Talia earned a master’s degree in journalism from Regent University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.