Members of the Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church in Macon, GA were stunned to learn their pastor committed suicide as they waited for him to arrive for his sermon. The Rev. Teddy Parker Jr., 42, took his own life only to be discovered by his wife shortly after.
Reports Christian Today:
The 42-year-old Georgia pastor tragically killed himself with a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” on Nov. 10.
The father-of-two’s body was discovered by his wife Larrinecia Parker in the driveway of their home after he did not show up for service at his church.
Russell Rowland told The Christian Post that Parker had sent his wife and children to church ahead of him on Sunday morning. His family and congregation were waiting for him to show up and preach the message.
“When he didn’t show up they went looking for him. I’m very surprised because he didn’t preach that. He preached totally against it. It’s something that the congregation don’t really understand.”
His death comes as a shock to the church and family, as no one saw it coming.
Warning signs have been linked to a 2010 sermon, “Facing Your Storm With Confidence” where the reverend questioned his relationship with God stating, “I try to serve but I don’t feel like God is using me. And there are times in your life when God purposely withdraws from you, he doesn’t withdraw for the sake of leaving you but he withdraws so you can grow and mature.”
The news of Parker’s death just adds to the mountain of unfortunate news that has been found in the church as of late, including flings with gay demons and Bishops spreading diseases through communion.
Condolences go out to his family and congregation. Check out the gallery for pics of Rev. Parker and a few of his sermons during a more happier period in his life.