Church Calls on God as Facts Emerge in Tims Death

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As new details begin to emerge about the death of megachurch pastor Zachery Tims, members of New Destiny Christian Center are finding comfort in God.

On Monday, church members gathered in a meeting to discuss the rumors and speculation surrounding the death of Tims, founder of New Destiny Christian Center.

The 42-year-old was found dead at a New York hotel Friday.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting an envelop of white powder, believed to be narcotics, was discovered in Tims' pocket. The news has led many to suggest an overdose, although no official cause of death has been named.

Tims started New Destiny Christian Center in 1996 after overcoming a troubled past, including attempted murder charges and drug addiction.

His sermons have reached millions of people around the world, and he regularly appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network program "Praise the Lord."

"While words are difficult for me to find during this time of loss, I honor the great work he has done for the kingdom of God and pray for every family member, friend, associate and the incredible congregation of New Destiny," fellow megachurch pastor Paula White said of her "spiritual son" and friend.

The Christian Post reports that at Monday's church meeting, members participated in a time of worship, asking God for "strength and healing."

"Zachery's death may have caught us by surprise, but it has not taken God by surprise," Riva Tims, the ex-wife of the Florida pastor, spoke to the congregation.

Riva, a pastor herself, also used Facebook to thank people for their support during this time. "Please continue to keep my family especially my children lifted in prayer," she said.

Supporters have flocked to New Destiny's Facebook page to express their condolences over the loss of Tims. Well-known pastors and other leaders also responded with deep sorrow.

"My Heart is so heavy tonight," longtime friend and pastor Clint Brown said on his Facebook page. "It will take Orlando a long time to get over this. Dr. Zachary Tims you will never, ever be forgotten... I miss you so much. My heart is broken."

Tims' ex-wife announced on Facebook that funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 20.

CBN News is following this developing story and will have updates throughout the day.

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