Alligator wanders to Florida church, pastor invites it to stay for service

Daniel Gregory

A curious alligator found its way to a Florida church last week – and was welcomed with open arms by the pastor in a hilarious Facebook post. 

"When a Gator shows up to your church but isn’t ready to accept the Lord," Pastor Daniel Gregory wrote in the caption.

Gregory, the pastor at Victory Church in Lehigh Acres, came across the 4-foot gator outside of the building after it crawled out of a storm drain. 

MORE GATOR NEWS: 'Hangry' alligator chases people through Wendy's parking lot in Florida

In a video posted online, Gregory says, "We have services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday mornings. Want to check us out?"

Thinking it was a great photo op, Gregory took a selfie with the curious creature. He then tries to hand the gator a business card inviting him to join his house of worship. 

RELATED: Viral video shows 11-foot alligator chasing fisherman in Florida Everglades

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told WBBH-TV that others should not try to get as close to wild gators as Gregory does in the clip.

"We certainly encourage the viewing aspect of it, but we never want you to approach a wild animal like that. It can be very dangerous," FWC Officer Adam Brown told WBBH-TV.  "There's no reason to take a chance."

Watch FOX 35 News for the latest trending stories.