The members of the Florida church where Zachery Tims served as senior pastor have announced a special tribute service for the late minister and have invited the public to share testimonies of how Tims impacted believers' lives.
In an announcement dated Wednesday, Sept. 7, New Destiny Christian Center (NDCC) requested tributes and testimonies on how Tims "motivated, inspired and changed" the lives of those who were exposed to his ministry.
The announcement, which was also issued through NDCC's Twitter and Facebook pages, reads in full:
On Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the 9:00am & 11:30am services, we are having a Moving Forward Tribute Service for Pastor Zach and his legacy. It would be a honor to have your participation for this event. Please email your tributes / testimonies to firstname.lastname@example.org on how Pastor Zach motivated, inspired and changed your life through the word of GOD. All emails are due no later than Thursday, September 15, 2011, Titled :TRIBUTE TO PASTOR ZACHERY TIMS.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.
The announcement, also shared on NDCC's official Facebook page for Tims, was made on Tuesday. Visitors to the official Zachery Tims Facebook community page welcomed the tribute service and expressed continued sadness over Tims' death.
Barbara Wade wrote, "He will [be] missed he had such compassion and love 4 people!"
"I remember my first meeting [with] him at the storefront on Silver Star. I knew I was placed in that ministry by God. He is missed," wrote Anntoinette Jóynor Florence.
Renessia Fells said, "[W]ords can never express how much [Pastor] Zack has blessed my life, I miss him so very much yet I believe in my heart that he is in a better place: ) all of my Love thought's and prayers are with his fam and loved ones and will remain with NDCC God…"
Tims, 42, was laid to rest on Aug. 20 at Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Florida.
The Florida minister was found dead in his room at the W Hotel in New York on Aug. 12.
Tims served as senior pastor and CEO of NDCC in Apopka, Fla. He founded the 8,000-member church with this then-wife, Riva Tims, in 1996. The couple has four children.
As noted in the NDCC announcement, the tribute service for Tims is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18 at 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services. It was not immediately clear if the services will be broadcast live on NDCC.tv as Sunday services usually are.