Church Seeks Donations as Family Changes Zachery Tims Funeral Plans

   on August 18 2011 8:10 PM

A public memorial and funeral was schedule to be held this week after the body of mega-church pastor Zachery Tims Jr. was found in a hotel in New York, but family members have revised the plans.

The Florida church leader was discovered in the W hotel in Times Square on Friday, after visiting the city for a speaking engagement and meetings sources said.

Tims' church, New Destiny Christian Center, will hold a public viewing of the body this Friday, between 3 to 7pm EST, the church said. A

funeral will be held at the First Baptist Church of Orlando will follow, however that ceremony will now be private.

The change comes after the church had initially said it would broadcast the funeral live for supporters who could not make it to the location.

Church representatives also posted a flyer posted for those who wanted to send flowers or gifts to instead sent donations to the Bank of America for the Dr. Zachery Tims Jr. Children's Trust.

Tims, 42 years old, was found dead with a plastic envelope containing a white powdery substance police believe to be narcotics, authorities told WSJ.

Police also said there were no signs of trauma to the body and foul play was not suspected. An autopsy was inconclusive and authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

Church members, fans, friends and family have grieved all week.

I join many others in being saddened by the news of the death of Rev. Zachery Tims of Florida, tweeted the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Today my heart is grieved over the loss of my spiritual son and long time friend and associate, Pastor Zachery Tims,  said megachurch pastor Paula White on her Facebook page.

My thoughts and prayers for Pastor Zachary Tims of New Destiny Christian Center in FL's family and congregation. May you RIP in God's love, said another commenter on the church's Facebook page.

Thank you Pastor Tims for opening permanent doors for me, read a post from one woman on New Destiny Christian Center's Facebook page. Because of you I actually am created new in order to be a better woman of God and I can say this with confidence.

An ex drug addict, Tims was saved in 2006, according to the church website. After discovering Christianity, he earned degrees in accounting and theology and worked at a ministry in Baltimore. In 1996, he and his wife Riva moved to Orlando, where they founded the New Destiny Christian Center.

The church has since grown to more than 8,000 members, and its broadcasts reach 100 million households. The church is well-known in the Apopka area for its charitable deeds for the poor.

 

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