Pastor tragically takes his own life on eve of World Suicide Prevention Day
Matthias Browning

Matthias Browning

An American pastor has taken his life on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day.

CBN reports that Jarrid Wilson, a pastor and founder of Anthem of Hope, has tragically committed suicide.

Anthem of Hope states that it is a “Christian mental health organization dedicated to amplifying hope for those battling brokenness, depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction and suicide.”

High profile pastor Greg Laurie announced on social media Wilson’s death, given Wilson was an associate pastor at Laurie’s Harvest Christian Fellowship for the last eighteen months. Laurie also noted that Wilson had “spoken out many times on this very issue of mental health.”

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It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that @jarridwilson went to be with the Lord last night. At a time like this, there are just no words. The Bible says, “There is a time to mourn.” This is certainly that time. Jarrid is survived by his wife, @itsjuliwilson his two sons, Finch and Denham, his mother, father, and siblings. Jarrid loved the Lord and had a servant’s heart. He was vibrant, positive, and was always serving and helping others. Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles. He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts. Tragically, Jarrid took his own life. Jarrid joined us as an associate pastor at Harvest 18 months ago and had spoken out many times on this very issue of mental health. Jarrid and his wife, Juli, founded an outreach to help people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts called “Anthem of Hope.” Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not. At the end of the day, pastors are just people who need to reach out to God for His help and strength, each and every day. Over the years, I have found that people speak out about what they struggle with the most. One dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross. Romans reminds us that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:39). At times like this, we must remember that as Christians, we do not live on explanations but on promises. We fall back on what we do know, not on what we don’t know. We do know that Jarrid put his faith in Jesus Christ and we also know that he is in Heaven now. We stand on the promise of Revelation 21:4 that reminds us that in Heaven there is no more sorrow, suffering, or death. Please keep Juli and Jarrid’s family in prayer. The Harvest family has lost a bright light. Pray for us as we grieve together. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help.

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In an Instagram post, Laurie stated, “It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that @jarridwilson went to be with the Lord last night.

“At a time like this, there are just no words.

“The Bible says, “There is a time to mourn.” This is certainly that time.

“Jarrid is survived by his wife, @itsjuliwilson his two sons, Finch and Denham, his mother, father, and siblings.

“Jarrid loved the Lord and had a servant’s heart.

“He was vibrant, positive, and was always serving and helping others.

“Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles.”

While Wilson, was an advocate of mental health himself via Anthem of Hope, Laurie noted that people often speak and support what they struggle the most with.

“Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people,” Greg Laurie continued. “We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not.

“At the end of the day, pastors are just people who need to reach out to God for His help and strength, each and every day. Over the years, I have found that people speak out about what they struggle with the most.”

Jarrid Wilson posted on Twitter some hours ago, “Praying for everyone affected by the hurricane in the Bahamas. Man, temporary asylum in America should be a no-brainer.”

For Christians around the world, it is a reminder that our pastors are not bullet proof and they need our prayers and support. As the world and church changes, the strain on their jobs increases accordingly.

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