Senior pastor commits suicide after struggling with depression and anxiety
When we think of pastors we think of we think of bullet-proof leaders who are often above many of the problems others face. However they are as susceptible to depression as anyone else, as was witnessed with the suicide of Inland Hills Church Andrew Stoecklein.
The Christian Post reports that the Californian senior minister, who was struggling with depression, took his life on Saturday night after battling depression and anxiety.
The church took to Facebook to state that, “Inland Hills Church grieves with heavy hearts as our Lead Pastor Andrew Stoecklein was welcomed into Heaven on Saturday night after battling depression and anxiety. It’s not the outcome we hoped and prayed for, and today we grieve as a church family. In his time leading Inland Hills, Andrew reached so many with his warm wit, passionate heart for God, and teaching that always, always pointed others to Jesus. The loving husband, father, son, and friend that he was will continue to inspire us in leading others into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.”
So fresh is the news of his death that the church’s website still shows the pastor’s latest series.
Others took to Facebook to show their support, with just one commenting: “I don’t know Pastor Andrew and I’m not familiar with this church. I am a pastor of a church in IL and this news breaks my heart. I’m sorry that he felt this way. Pastoring is hard and very lonely at times. It’s hard to have genuine friends that you can be honest to without fear of being judged. My family and my church will be lifting up Inland Hills Church and Pastor Andrew’s family. I wish I had a chance to know him before because we all can use some real people in our lives just to talk to and trust. So, so sorry.”
Another stated that, “Andrew was an amazing pastor, an even better father/husband and friend. This is the story I plan to tell: this is what I was whiteness to. He adored his wife and his boys. He loved his church family. And above all he would remind us that IHC wasn’t his church… it belongs to God. So while I sit in my own personal grief I know what type of person Andrew was. He is loved…”
Details of his funeral have yet to be released.
Given the severity of depression and suicidal thoughts, we at My Christian Daily encourage anyone with suicidal thoughts to watch the video below:
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