Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | July 11, 2008

Community shows support for Pastor Timothy Wright

The Final Arrangements for
Evangelsit Betty Wright and Daniel (DJ) Wright

WAKE / VIEWING:
SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2008 from 12 Noon Until
GRACE TABERNACLE CHRISTIAN CENTER C.O.G.I.C.
1745 Pacific Street
Brooklyn, New York 11213

HOMEGOING CELEBRATION:
MONDAY, JULY 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM
WASHINGTON TEMPLE C.O.G.I.C.
1372 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11213

Community shows support for Pastor Timothy Wright
by CYRIL ”JOSH” BARKER
Amsterdam News Staff
Originally posted 7/10/2008

Brooklyn’s Grace Tabernacle Christian Center remains in a state of shock and mourning as the church loses its first lady and a youth member as their pastor continues to fight for his life after a car accident in
Pennsylvania. The Rev. Timothy Wright and his wife Betty and their grandson,14-year-old D.J., were struck head-on by a driver Friday who was going the wrong way on Interstate 80. The incident happened while the three were on their way back to Long Island from a church conference in Detroit. Reports indicate that while in Greene Township, a driver going the wrong way hit the Wright family’s vehicle. The driver, 44-year-old John Pick, who died at the scene, reportedly had two beer cans in the vehicle he was driving. Police have not determined if Pick was under the influence. Betty died after succumbing to injuries from the accident, and D.J.died on Saturday night. Pastor Wright remains in critical but stable condition after doctors performed surgery on his neck bones, lungs, jaw, ribs, left leg and right ankle. On Sunday,holding service without the pastor and his wife, who served as co-pastor, church members and community residents came to pray for their injured pastor and his family. Bishop James Gaylord led the midday service, where members also reminisced about Betty and D.J. The teen was a member of the youth choir and wanted to follow behind his grandparents in the ministry. Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin also came to the church to give support and pray for the Wright family. Wright is known best for his inspirational gospel music and has been dubbed the “godfather of gospel.” He has received Grammy nominations for his musical works. His last album, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” was released last year. Wright has been making music since he began his own choir nearly 30 years ago. Other churches in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, say that they are all in deep sorrow for Wright and his church. In the small area near Atlantic Avenue, a collection of churches just a few steps from each other welcome worshippers of all faiths. While the churches are physically close, they vary in denominations ranging from Catholic, Baptist and A.M.E. Grace Tabernacle is affiliated with the Church of God in Christ.But that didn’t stop the churches from having a relationship with Wright. “There are about six other churches and most of us worship at different times,” said Evangelist Cephus Tucker of Bethel Tabernacle A.M.E., which sits across the street from Grace Tabernacle. “Everyone was surprised. We are always going to try and work out something and we can always lend a hand.” Our Lady of Charity Roman Catholic Church has had Grace Tabernacle’s choir over for services. The two churches even did fundraisers and held a street fair jointly. “We all serve one God,” said Patricia Romaine of the church. “We want to lift them up in prayer and we are praying for that miracle.” Romaine also said that Our Lady of Charity’s Deacon, James Lacey, is sending a signed card and letter giving their condolences for the church’s loss. Just around the corner from Grace Tabernacle, Temple of His Glory Christ Life Ministries’ Bishop Dr. Julius Abiola said that his church is also ready to extend a helping hand even though they didn’t have an immediate relationship with Grace Tabernacle. He said, “It’s a sad thing and we are staying with them at this time and the Lord will see them through. His [Timothy’s] music has been a blessing in his church and in this community.” Wright remains at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., where he is in the intensive care unit. Funeral arrangements for Betty and D.J. have not been released.


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