Darrin Patrick, who founded The Journey megachurch in Missouri and served as a teaching pastor at the South Carolina-based multi-site Seacoast Church, died at the age of 49, the church said Friday.
“Darrin was target shooting with a friend at the time of his death. An official cause of death has not been released but it appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Seacoast Church shared an update Friday evening after announcing his death.
“No foul play is suspected,” the megachurch added, noting they first learned of his death Thursday night.
“Mourning today the loss of my friend and fellow pastor @darrinpatrick,” J.D. Greear, the Pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina, and President of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote on Twitter. “Darrin was such an encourager to me over the years. Sat at my table. Preached at our church. We know grief of Amie and family must seem unbearable. We love you and are praying for you.”
“Darrin was a good friend who spurred me on to be a better pastor and husband,” Robby Gallaty, pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, said in a statement. “He used past experiences from burnout to put safeguards in place to keep the same from happening in my life. I’m am still stunned by the news.”
In an earlier statement Friday confirming the pastor’s death, Seacoast Church said: “Darrin was a loved member of the Seacoast family, the teaching team, and pastoral staff and we are mourning his loss. Darrin had a gift for teaching the Word and a heart for encouraging other pastors. God allowed Seacoast to be a part of Darrin’s story in a time when he needed a family. He was a gift to us and we are thankful for the time the Lord gave him to us.”
The church added, “His influence and impact cannot be measured. We are surrounding the Patrick family with our prayers and support during this time.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar