Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | August 14, 2011

Megachurch Pastor Zachary Tims Passes Away In NYC Hotel @ 42

The pastor of a Florida megachurch who often appeared on TBN’s “Praise the Lord” program, has been found dead inside a New York City hotel room. Police say Zachery Tims was discovered on the floor of a room in the W Hotel in Times Square about 6 p.m. on Friday.

It was not immediately clear if Tims, 42, had been alone in the hotel room.

No foul play was suspected, officials told The Associated Press. An autopsy was expected to reveal the cause of death.

Tims and his family founded New Destiny Christian Center (NDCC) in Apopka, Fla., in 1996 where he served as senior pastor. The church boasts a congregation of about 8,000, according to its website.

A message was posted on NDCC’s website Sunday, informing congregants that a meeting would be held to discuss Pastor Tim’s death.

The note read:

Today has been filled with rumors and speculations regarding Pastor Zach. We are having a meeting on tomorrow, Monday, August 15th at 7:00pm. Please join us. We look forward to seeing you there.

Condolences have been pouring in since the weekend, with many awaking Monday morning to the shocking news of Tims’ death. Many visitors to New Destiny Christian Center’s Facebook and Twitter pages were expressing sadness over the Florida church’s loss.

One visitor, Travis Warren, wrote Monday on NDCC’s Facebook page: “Words cannot fully express the depth of my sorrow that I feel at this moment in time having lost our shepherd, Dr. Zachery Tims. While I do not question God I am simply perplexed. I thank God for using DOC to show me and the world that it was cool to be young, gifted, and be connected with a great Church like New Destiny. RIP DOC, you will be truly missed for an eternity. Thanks for keeping it oh so REAL!”

Val Flan, another visitor on the church’s Facebook page, wrote: “Was shocked and sadden by this devastating news. My deepest condolences to the Tims family. Rest assure(d) he is in Gods care.”

According to his biography on NDCC’s website, Tims had a troubled youth before he was “miraculously saved, instantly delivered from drug addiction, and called into ministry.”

Tims, who divorced in 2009, leaves behind four children.

Nicola Menzie
Christian Post Contributor


Responses

  1. “If Jesus should come would your soul be prepared?

    He’s coming as a thief in the night;

    What answer would render your life to be spared?

    He’s coming as a thief in the night.

    O soul, awake! soon the Lord shall come,

    And none shall stand in His sight,

    But those who are washed in the Blood of the Lamb,

    When He comes as a thief in the night.”

    “The world is so blinded they will not believe,

    He’s coming as a thief in the night;

    O let not vain pleasures your poor heart deceive;

    He’s coming as a thief in the night.

    O soul, awake! Soon the Lord shall come,

    And none shall stand in His sight,

    But those who are washed in the Blood of the Lamb,

    When He comes as a thief in the night.”

    Copyright, 1914, by G.T. Haywood

  2. I am sad but pastor Z T has moved to a better place,

    ´´neither the eye has seen nor the ear has heard what God has prepared for us´´

    vpd

  3. We don’t understand this tragedy, so we continue to look up to the author and finisher of our belief–Jesus the Christ. Pastor Tims was an instrument of God’s Love as all believers are Pastor Zach fought a hard and good fight, kept his faith in the Living Word of God, and now he rests from his labors being absent from us, but present with YHWH our Almighty God.


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