Jarrid Wilson, associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, has actually passed away by suicide aged 30. The young pastor unfortunately took his own life on Monday night, on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day.
The news of Wilson’s passing was announced by Pastor Greg Laurie on his Facebook and Instagram page.
” It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that @jarridwilson went to be with the Lord last night,” composed Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship.” At a time like this, there are just no words.”
Laurie continued: “Jarrid enjoyed the Lord and had a servant’s heart. He was lively, favorable, and was constantly serving and helping others. Jarrid also consistently dealt with anxiety and was extremely open about his ongoing struggles. He wished to specifically help those who were handling suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, Jarrid took his own life. Jarrid joined us as an associate pastor at Harvest 18 months ago and had actually spoken up often times on this extremely concern of psychological health.
” Jarrid and his wife, Juli, established an outreach to help individuals handling depression and self-destructive thoughts called “Anthem of Hope.” In some cases people might believe that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the discomfort and battles of everyday people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the responses. However we do not. At the end of the day, pastors are simply people who need to connect to God for His assistance and strength, each and every day.
” Throughout the years, I have actually discovered that people speak out about what they struggle with the most. One dark moment in a Christian’s life can not reverse what Christ provided for us on the cross. Romans advises us that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:39). Sometimes like this, we need to remember that as Christians, we do not live on descriptions however on promises. We fall back on what we do understand, not on what we do not understand. We do understand that Jarrid put his faith in Jesus Christ and we likewise know that he is in Heaven now. We stand on the guarantee of Discovery 21:4 that advises us that in Heaven there disappears sorrow, suffering, or death.
” Please keep Juli and Jarrid’s family in prayer. The Harvest family has actually lost a bright light. Pray for us as we grieve together. If you or somebody you know is struggling with suicidal ideas, please connect for aid.”
Wilson is survived by his other half, Juli, and their two young kids, Finch and Denham.
If you or anyone you understand is having problem with depression or suicidal ideas, visit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.A.) or National Suicide Prevention Alliance (UK).