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9:00pm August 16, 2011

Zachery Tims’ Death Causes More Questions Than Answers

Zachery Tims

Unanswered questions surround the death of Orlando area Pastor Zachery Tims whose body was found in his New York hotel room Friday.

Several reports stated that Tims was found with an unidentified white substance, which will be tested to see if it was connected to his death.  His body was discovered by a hotel worker trying to check the minibar, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Drugs have played a role in Tims’ life before he founded the church with his then-wife Riva in 1996.

In his memoir and self-help book, “It’s Never Too Late: How a teenage criminal found his divine destiny and became a successful millionaire and pastor of a thriving church,” Tims details how he was miraculously saved from drug addiction. After the transformation he went on to earn to bachelor degrees and Tims’ church, the New Destiny Christian Center,  grew from a modest group to a house of worship boasting 8,000 members. The church is noted for “teaching the reality of the gospel in a simplistic fashion,” according to its website.

While the church’s future without Tims remains to be seen, messages from the pastor’s Twitter page were seen Monday afternoon.

Someone updated Tims’ Twitter account and linked to a message that read, “There are several rumors and speculations regarding Pastor Zach. We are having a meeting and a press release on TONIGHT, Monday, August 15th at 7:00pm. Please join us. We look forward to seeing you there.”

The church’s phone number was included on the link, but an automated message played for callers Monday night and a press release is still forthcoming.

The megachurch leader’s death came as a surprise and sent a wave through the Black gospel gospel community. Advocacy circles took to social media networks to express their condolences.

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

Gospel celebrities Fred Hammond, CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin and numerous others expressed similar sentiments on Twitter.

Tims has four children from his marriage with Riva that ended in 2009 after he admitted to having an affair with a stripper, The Wall Street Journal said.



About the Author

Imani Jackson
Imani Jackson
Imani Jackson is a journalist and FAMU College of Law student with social commentary and/or news stories published on HBCU Digest, Clutch Magazine, the Daily American newspaper in Somerset, Pa, and the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.




 
 

 
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42 Comments


  1. donnie q

    lets pray we are living in the end times


  2. gigimarie

    It is truly tragic that this poor man found himself in such a contradictory life, as Paul described wanting to do right, but the right he would do – he could not. What loneliness, remorse, shame and sheer terror must have haunted this man who both lived in the dark and the light. Are we all
    so different?
    Does his position call him to higher things and demand of him a greater life? Yes it does. But positions do not keep you, positions do not fill the emptiness inside you, positions cannot sustain the gift of God. So is he without our pity? Are his children unworthy of our prayers? No. For his family needs us more now than before and it is our obligation if we care to call on the name of the Lord in their stead.
    Must he account for his sins? Yes. But to us at this time there is no account to be given, save that to our heavenly father who will have mercy on whom he’ll have mercy.
    So what must we do to be saved? When the terrors of our life come whispering and pressing against us in our darkest night … call on the Lord, for only he can save us. He will draw us into his perfect light and deliver us from evil.


    • kinglyman9

      It is refreshing to hear one speak as if he knows of the grace and love of God.

      Except for the Grace of God may we all say: There go I…

      Father have mercy on us all; and forgive us for our many sins; and help the ones who feel this prayer is not for them.
      Amen- Your servant with feet of clay


      • Guestd

        I appreciate the grace of God so much that I will not shame my fellow sisters and brothers by living scandalous then going on Christian television and acting like I am a super saint!


    • Grace & Mercy

      How refreshingly eloquent are your words!! Not condoning or condemning. Grace and mercy suits this and all of humanity's situations. Not for all things, but in all things we give praise to the Lord God who alone is Worthy and judges with Righteous Judgment.


      • Guest

        Paul told the Corinthians to put a man out of the Church who was having his father's wife as if this was normal, but then he taught restoration if repentance has taken place. My concern is that the body of Christ refuses to hold its leaders accountable and allow them to preach after open affairs and after beating their wives in the parking lot, or marrying several times they can be Bishops. Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles laid out clear guidelines for Leaders in the Church.
        I also wish people that are not delivered from gross sinful conduct would stop giving us a bad reputation cuz it is hard enough to witness to the lost when they think we are just as sinful and lost as they are!


        • Guest

          I pray for the family but this deceased Pastor knew what the bible said to be ready at all times for the Lord to come! Yall put him right up in Heaven when nobody knows but God. All we can do is say we hope to see our loved ones in Heaven!


    • Guest

      Please Pastors and Church leaders get help and step down from the National Pulpit and Christian world wide television before if you have issues you need to allow someone else to lead or don't lead at all if you cannot lead by example!


  3. Rumbi

    I agree, we should stand in the gap for is wife and children. I pray that the mercy, grace and peace of God will engulf and compass them at this time and all the days of their lives.


  4. DeacGW

    Let us all come together and lift up the name of the Lord, for He is good. Let's be thankful for the many lives that were changed because of this man of God. He without sin, cast the first stone. Let us not be quick to judge. This will all work out to the glory of God. Let us pray.


  5. ty126

    people please open your eyes, the man was a gotdamn dope head. He fooled all of his followers. Seek the lord for yourself, don't let no man lead you to the lord, be your own leader not a follower. SMH…..


  6. prophet Hancock

    Let's pray for his family and members of their church! GOD is pulling covers in this hour , so we have to keep all preacher's of the gospel in prayer, get back to teach and preach holiness and be real for GOD . GOD called us to be holy , because he holy, LEVITICUS 20-7


    • Guest

      No one can be Holy unless they have the Holy Ghost inside of them! Darkness and Light cannot dwell together so if this man was using drugs I venture to guess he was filled with something but it was not the Holy Ghost!


  7. Brian Aarons

    For the rest of us who continue to struggle against the world, flesh and the devil. God himself counseled Cain before he murdered his younger brother:
    "…You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master."
    We would do well to embrace and apply this caution for ourselves. (Genesis: 4:7)


  8. Zachary Tims Exposed! : Johnny Rice gave $127,000 donations, but Zach wouldn’t help Johnny’s Missions to India Ministry. Sad, but true testimony of Missionary Johnny exposing Pastor Zachary Tims selfish sinful-carnally minded ways&hellip ;http://jimmymarkjohnson.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/pastor-zachary-tims-personal-testimony-from-missionary-johnny-rice/; http://www.youtube.com/johnnyLuvsJesus;fb/missionaryapostlejimmyjohnson


  9. michelle

    I just want to say, how heart broken I am about the death of Pastor Tim. Even the greatest of them fall. We all should remember, we all can fall, whether preacher or not, we as believers have to stay close to God and His word. So I pray for his children and his former wife, can you imagine the pain. And don't say he was a dope head, show some mercy and grace, for you will want the lord to do the same for you. Pastor Tims, i will miss you. So sadden.


    • ty126

      I only stated the fact, the man was a former dope head & died a dope head, sometimes people are blinded by the truth. IT IS WHAT IT IS & HE WAS WHAT HE WAS!!!! there's nothing sad about the way he died, he chosed to live the life he lived.


  10. Mari

    I knew him personally as a matter of fact i spoke with him Thurs. This hit me like a bus he was over all a good man. You have to remember he's human we all fall short of gods glory from time to time. Don't just see the negative see the good things and the souls he to christ. If god played all of our wicked thoughts and sins on a big screen you'd think twice ab judging anothers. I still call his phone hopeing he'd pick up and this is all a rumor, but it saddens me deeper.Another soldier lost but NEVER forgotten. I love and miss you zach R.I.P! May god bring peace and joy to your family.


    • Guets

      I'm so sick of excusing people and the "Touch not mine anointed quote"! No drug addict is anointed,If he was using he was not anointed but an addict with an addiction who should not have been on national worldwide Christian television but should have been sitting on the pew till he was delivered from his demons, so Christians would not be defamed in the body of Christ. We have been given enough black eyes and it is hard to get people to believe we are genuine saved and delivered when this happens!
      I pray for the family but for the body of Christ as for as his ex-wife she probably knows what death and losing him was all about when they divorced because death is just like divorce to many people!


  11. oddy

    It truly is time to pray for GRAVE and Mercy….if this is the "last days" then judgement WILL begin at the HOUSE of GOD. You don't have to sit in judgement to see what has happen to a host of leaders who have been EXPOSED! We should be praying there maybe more to come….


    • oddy

      …GRACE and Mercy


      • Dont shame us

        1st Thess. 5:22 Avoid the very appearance of all kinds of evil and plz tell Paula White and Benny Hinn this means they could have waited before holding hands in Rome until his divorce was finalized. They said they were only platonic friends without benefits but if they practiced what they preached they would have understood the above verse!
        I pray wayward Pastors don't go on Christian TV if you will cause Christians national embarassment!


        • Guets

          That picture of you holding hands was not denied by you two so this was innocent friendship you say but it was still an appearance of evil.
          And plz no more Bishop smack downing your wife in a public parking lot of a Hotel then getting married and posting it on utube for the second time around!
          This is not biblical just like not you preach not tithing is breaking the commandment well so is adultery and divorcing ones wife/husband and marrying a few months later then a baby follows you know who you are but I will not call you out!


  12. Tim

    So sad, i pray for his family and children!!


  13. jay

    We make judgments calls everyday. Which path to take to work? What should we wear? What we should eat? Where we should live? Who we should let our kid play with? OH they look Ugly or they look pretty. I can’t believe she wore those shoes with that dress. I love the jacket on Him. He looks like he might rob us hurry cross the street. He looks like a terrace I don’t want to ride on this plan. So… how do you know when you’re making a judgment call or judging or just being judgmental?


  14. gettothetruth

    The man was a pulpit pimp! You can fool some of the people some of the time, some of the people all the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time, God let him be exposed as part of this last days revival, He was a player in the church and in the street, as shown by his exposure three years ago. Wake up world after the church gets judge, you will be next!


  15. Geri

    My heart goes out to the saints at his church and his family. It is so important that we be ever so careful when we speak about those whom the Bible says have the rule over us. At this time, we have absolutely no idea what the powder that was supposedly found in his pocket is. The report does not say that he was found with anyone nor that there was evidence of foul play. We all fall in some way or another but because of God's amazing grace, we're still here. I can understand when our spiritual leaders do something that goes against God's Word, we become bent out of shape. But don't you know that the minute a person repents for their wrongdoing, God is there to pick that person back up? God being who He is, never, ever leaves us alone and He wants us to be in right fellowship with Him. Always remember the Prodigal Son.


  16. MjG

    I am sadden by this lost God said forgiveness is for all men. May god have mercy on him but god.


  17. WISDOM

    WE MUST PRAY, BUT THERE IS SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES, DID SOMEONE FRAME PASTOR TIMS AND MAKE IT LOOK LIKE HE WAS BACK ON DRUGS, AND HE KNEW AND TRUSTED SOMEONE IN HIGH PLACES BUT KNEW THIER SIN AND THEY HAD HIM SETUP. IT ALL DO NOT MAKE SENSE, WHERE IS HIS ARMORBEARER, OR WHERE IS THE PEOPLE HE WAS MINISTERING FOR, AND WHY DID NO ONE PICK HIM UP AND CHECK AT HIS DOOR ON THURSDAY TO TAKE HIM TO THE AIRPORT. DR. TIMS CATCHING A CAB TO THE AIRPORT, COME ON, I BELIEVE HE WAS MURDERED BECAUSE HE KNEW THINGS ABOUT SOMEONE ELES IN HIGH PLACES IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THEY SET IT UP TO MAKE HIM LOOK LIKE A DRUG ADDICT. ALSO HE WAS IN PARIS WHEN HE COMMITTED ADULTRY AND THIS RICH MENS CLUB, WHO TOOK HIM THIER AND WHO WAS HE RUNNING WITH IN PARIS, THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT.

    PRAY BECAUSE OF THE WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES,


    • Anonymous

      The door was supposedly locked with a bar from the inside so it wouldn't it be hard to frame him? Could the stripper he confessed to an affair with have framed him into having a yr long affair? Lord we are in the last days. And people make all manner of excusing even for Bishop paying off his 4 male accusers of sexual misconduct with them when he said he would fight the false allegations!
      This is baring bad fruit and do not give me that touch not my anointed.. this goes for Roman Catholic Priest who sexually abused little Altar boys and whomever. I will not make excuses for these wolves in sheep clothing! In the last days Jesus said many false prophets would come in his name and I can see how so many naive people will fall as their prey!


  18. Debra

    Im praying for the family and the church, insprite what happen he was a man ,father ,son, husband and man of God ,he will be miss Grace and Mercy with his family.


  19. Guest

    Oh no he was not a husband an affair with a stripper messed that up! My sorrow for the family but not if he was using and preaching the word of God. This kind of double lifestyle is a mockery to the Lord.


  20. To the person ty126. I guest we should be lead by teachers. I guests that means don’t go to college or drop out of school or don’t listen to your parents.YEAH RIGHT!!!!


  21. Correction, should not be lead.


  22. guest

    4 children in Fla..yet he's being buried in maryland?…insurance policy list ex as beneficiary not the 4 children?


  23. DEE FRAZIER

    BE CAREFUL HOW AND WHAT YOU SPEAK, BECAUSE GOD SEE'S AND HEARS EVERYTHING!!!!! KEEP A WATCH ON YOUR TONGUE ABOUT OTHERS"""LET US EXAMINE OUR HEARTS"""""WATCH I SAY" WATCH WHAT YOU SAY""""""


  24. Evelyn taylor

    my prayers go out to his family, pastor zachery tims will be miss

    and nobody know what happen so stop judgeing, only God know what happen
    he probley was set up, may God continue watch over his family and loves ones
    in Jesus name, the bible also judge and condem not, and first of all nobody know
    what is was going through so watch your

    peace and love


  25. Greg b.

    God told Satan concerning Job you can do what you will except cannot kill,so about being set up for something he knew is a little far fetched .And seems some of you are Quick to Judge with out all facts,though it doesn't look good ,God is the only one capable of Judging corretly and probably does'nt need your'e help and reveals your'e mean spirited heart.Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speakith,be carefulif you think you stand lest you fall .If the Devil is not trying to take you out your'e not doing anything worth stopping!!! Check your'e self .Prayer for his family is all you should be doing!!


  26. Audrey S

    Judge not that ye may not be judge god knows what happen so let us all stand still and see the salvation of the lord what done in secret will come to the light one day let everyman examine himself and he who has no sin first cast a stone my deepest sympathy goes out to the family.


  27. amelia

    I agree that pastor Tims was set up. This man of God was a good man of course he made some errors in life but haven we all? I believe someone has set him up and end his life but this is not the end . They were aware he was doing that in past time but he I believe had left all that stuff behind this was a good man who serve God deligently . How dare anyone try to spoil his good name. Beware of the things you say this man will be vandicated. Let God be God in this. HE RAN THE RACE AND HAS FINISHED THE RACE . REST -IN PEACE Dr. TIMS To the family my prayes goes out to you all.

    Amelia


  28. But i cannot handle this,He may very well be love of my life and i desire him back,We still go out, and to lay there with him or her (due to the fact we want an additional within our lives) but he sticks to his word. He isn’t budging. He is STUBBORN I find it difficult to eat i find it difficult to sleep; i can’t do regular everyday things. I only require him back. I want the love of my life and also Im or her willing to do anything whatsoever to get more him as well as prove which I am prepared to accept him as how he is. I need to help him through it.



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