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Megachurch pastor, mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson dies by suicide

Jarrid Wilson, a Southern California megachurch pastor and psychological well being advocate, died by suicide Monday.

Wilson, 30, was affiliate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, underneath Pastor Greg Laurie. He co-founded Anthem of Hope, a psychological well being nonprofit serving to individuals coping with melancholy and suicidal ideas. He’s survived by his spouse, Julianne, and two sons, Finch and Denham.


The tragic information shocked and saddened the Christian neighborhood.

“At a time like this, there are just no words,” Laurie mentioned in an announcement Tuesday. “The Bible says, ‘There is a time to mourn.’ This is certainly that time.”

“Jarrid loved the Lord and had a servant’s heart,” the senior pastor mentioned. “He was vibrant, positive, and was always serving and helping others…He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts.”

Julianne Wilson posted a tribute to her “loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt off his back husband” on Instagram, including, “Suicide doesn’t get the last word.”

“Your life’s work has led thousands to the feet of Jesus and your boldness to tell others about your struggle with anxiety and depression has helped so many other people feel like they weren’t alone,” she mentioned. “YOU WERE an ANTHEM OF HOPE to everyone, baby, and I’ll do my best to continue your legacy of love until my last breath.”

Hours earlier than he took his life, Jarrid Wilson tweeted a message about suicide.

“Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts,” he wrote. “But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort. He ALWAYS does that.”

Wilson killed himself throughout Suicide Consciousness month, a time he normally spent speaking about suicide prevention. Laurie comforted his grieving flock with Romans 8:39, which says that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.” He added that “one dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross.”

Messages and tributes have been pouring in from pastors, worship leaders, and fellow believers from throughout the nation, expressing heartbreak, disappointment, and providing prayers.

Jarrid Wilson authored 4 books, together with “Jesus Swagger” and “Love Is Oxygen,” and wrote three opinion items for the Fox Information Religion part: “Stop complicating God’s will,” “Jesus is proof crying is not a sign of weakness: It’s Ok to not be OK,” and “God has a purpose for your pain.”

He despatched one other piece to be printed this month calling on church buildings and church leaders to do extra on psychological well being.

“We NEED the church to step up in its efforts to be more vocal in regards to mental illness. Whether that be through a sermon series, free resources, supporting other non-profits or even a cultivating a designated yearlong ministry,” he wrote. “Regardless, the church should be at the frontlines of this battle. People need a safe place where they can be honest and transparent with what they are going through.”

Wilson wrote about considering suicide and mentioned he discovered no sources within the church to assist him deal with melancholy. As an alternative heard individuals saying, “Simply have religion” — however that didn’t assist.

“All of the counseling and assist I acquired got here years after I truly wanted it, and it was discovered within the secrecy of a neighborhood medical facility, not a church—the place it ought to have been all alongside,” he mentioned.


Harvest Christian Fellowship posted this together with Wilson’s Memoriam:

“When you or somebody is fighting suicidal ideas, please attain out for assist. You may name the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at tel:1-800-273-TALK (8255).”

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