MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) In a corner of a world filled with super heroes and super villains a message of faith and hope combined two worlds at XCON World 9 in Myrtle Beach.
It’s a journey that led him to today where he preaches a very unique message of faith and fanhood. The title on his business card appropriately says “Your Friendly Neighborhood Pastor.”
The service is called Nerd Church. Organizors say it’s the only worship service they know of at a comic con gathering.
Hector says his sermons from the Bible are filled with comic book analogies. It’s a way of connecting faith and geek culture that’s encouraging and positive.
From Darth Vader to Princess Leia, of father to daughter and families of heroes dressed from Spidey to Hulk.
Amidst classics of yore and paintings anew, one man finds this unique way in a unique time to spread the good word.
“I’ve been going to comic cons for years and never found anything that represented the faith atmosphere at all,” Miray said.
“Inside of us is this destructive force sometimes,” Miray said of the Incredible Hulk story. “Some people call it sin and anger whatever you want to call it.”
His congregation receptive as he speaks to things they know well.
“He literally rebooted the entire universe just to save them,” Miray said.
A Doctor Who analogy paired next with imagry from The Dark Knight.
“He spent eight years holed up in that mansion being Bruce Wayne and not doing the one thing that he knew what he was called to do,” Miray said.
“How many of you have ever been in a place where you literally didn’t know what was coming next and it really worried you,” Miray asks the audience.
A spiritual journey complete with Superheroes now serving as sidekicks to a higher message of faith.
“It’s my life, it’s my everything, everything I do I try to do for the glory of God and to bring him honor,” Miray said. “It’s what everything revolves around for me. It’s the center of my perspective.”
He has also written multiple books about finding God in Geek Culture. They are available on Amazon.com