Church Delivers Christmas “Miracle” to Pizza Man

A delivery driver with end-stage heart failure gets a new lease on life after taking a pie to a Yuletide play




Called to deliver pizza in the middle of a church play, Devin Cammack (middle) got the Christmas surprise of a lifetime from Noel Pearce (left) and David Hira.

When Devin Cammack, a delivery driver for a Pizza Hut in Lewisville, Texas, was dispatched to a church in the middle of a Christmas play, he had no idea what was going on. But a miracle of sorts was about to take place.

According to WFAA.com, the play’s script called for the lead character, played by David Hira, to order a pizza. At a designated point during the performance at Victorious Life Church, Hira called Cammack on to the stage. “I sat him down and said, ‘There’s something big going on in your life—you have a life-changing event coming up.’” He then asked Cammack to share his story with the congregation.

And it was a troubling story, indeed, for the father of three. Cammack, 31, was diagnosed two years ago with end-stage heart failure and was in dire need of a heart transplant to save his life. He already has a pump implanted in his chest that handles most of the heart’s workload and must carry everywhere he goes a battery pack to keep the pump working.

After Cammack shared his story, the congregation quickly responded. “Everyone got up out of their seats and came up to us and dropped money in the hat,” Cammack told WFAA. The donations amounted to a pizza delivery tip of $1,456.

Even better, Cammack got word a few days later that he no longer needs a heart transplant because the medical treatment he has undergone is working and his enlarged heart has begun shrinking back down to a normal size.

How did Cammack end up delivering pizza to the play? It was actually part of a plan conceived by the church’s worship leader, Noel Pearce, who wrote and produced the script and wanted to encourage generosity among his congregants. According to the Lewisville Texan, the church has performed the play in previous years, and the pizza delivery person usually gets around $300 to $400 from church members. For this year’s event, Pearce called the nearby Pizza Hut’s manager to set up the order and asked if there was a delivery driver that the church could help.

The church congregation was especially touched by Cammack’s story; even members of the youth choir came out from behind the wings to donate. Senior pastor Mark Akers told the Lewisville Texan that the congregation was crying as Cammack explained his medical issues and the financial challenges he faced. “It was very powerful, very emotional,” Akers said. “Here’s a guy—we don’t know if he’s Christian. We don’t know if he goes to church. He’s just a guy with a need, and Christ came to meet our needs.”

Cammack said he used the badly needed money to pay for repairs to his car and pay his rent, giving him a little breathing room on his medical bills. “I will never forget this,” he said. “And I will never forget any of these people.”

Edit Module

Tell us what you think at or email.

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

New PZ Series Wireless Ingredient Scales Features Hands-Free Tare

Cables never get in the way with this wireless scale, perfect for busy food prep stations in commercial kitchens.

Chowly and Delivery.com Partner for Success

Chowly Inc. and Delivery.com provide a solution that focuses on what restaurants need and want.

The End of an Era: Dom DeMarco is No Longer the Sole Pizza Maker at Di Fara Pizza

At 80 years old, the pizza legend has cut back on his hours and lets his children carry on for him.

Papa John’s Testing Organic Ingredients at 35 Stores in Lexington, Kentucky

The pizza giant hopes to expand its network of certified organic farmers for an eventual nationwide rollout.

Survey Quantifies Business Costs and Benefits of Restroom Maintenance

Seventy percent of Americans say they’ll patronize a business because it has clean, well-maintained restrooms.

575 Pizzeria Exceeds $10,000 Fundraising Goal for Cancer Patients

The Amarillo company’s One Night Victory promotion supported the 24 Hours in the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center.

Shake It Up: Frankie & Fannuci’s Lets Customers Be Their Own Bartenders

The Self-Pour Taproom lets diners test their mixology skills as part of a weekend brunch special for $25.

Consumer Survey Suggests Restaurant Industry Faces a “Defining Moment”

A better “restaurant experience” may be needed as frequent customers of quick-service and fast-casual eateries plan to cut back their spending this year.

Grossed Out: Restaurant Patrons Think Dirty Restrooms Signify Dirty Kitchens

A new survey illustrates how poorly maintained restrooms in restaurants can make patrons lose their appetite.

Canned Spaghetti on a Pineapple Pizza: Not As Bad As It Sounds?

After New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English sparks faux outrage over his dinnertime choice, a reporter tries it herself (and wishes she had a spoon).
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags