Thousands of church members, friends and family have gathered at the First Baptist Church of Orlando on August 20 for the funeral services of megachurch pastor, Zachery Tims.
A viewing was held at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, followed by the funeral services at 11 a.m.
A procession traveling to Woodlawn Cemetery in Orlando, where the late pastor will be laid to rest took place after the funeral, reported WFTV news.
Support from followers since Tims’ death has poured in via New Destiny Christian Church’s (NDCC) Facebook page and Twitter.
@UntitledGospel tweeted, “To the kind hearted Pastor Zachery Tims, you have touched the heart of Orlando with your ministry, love and your friendship. We truly love you and you will be missed.”
Liz Castro wrote on NDCC’s Facebook page, “I thank God for Pastor Zachary [sic] and his wife who started their ministry in 1996. Their obedience to the Lord’s promise has helped the community come to Christ. The Lord will glorify himself through this situation!”
“PRAYING FOR PASTOR ZACHERY TIMS FAMILY AND CONGREGATION. THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT FOR BEING THEIR COMFORT AND PEACE IN THE TIME OF SORROW,” ayojaha tweeted.
In 1996, Zachery Tims and his family founded the NDCC in Apopka, Florida, where he served as senior pastor. According to the church’s website, it has a congregation of about 8,000 members.
Tims, 42, was found dead in his W Hotel bedroom in New York City on Friday, August 12.
Police officials have ruled out any foul play, but they are still investigating what may have caused Zachery Tims’ death.