Zachery Tims, senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, one of the largest congregations in Central Florida, was found dead in a New York City hotel room on Friday, according to several news sources. New Destiny had a growing membership of more than 7,500 worshipers. And the congregation was very active in the community, longtime Apopka Mayor John Land said.
It was not clear why Tims was in New York City. But WESH-TV reported that New York City Police confirmed that the 42-year-old pastor had died after being found unresponsive at about 6 p.m. in a room at the W Hotel on Broadway Avenue. The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet determined a cause of death.
Tweeted condolences began when Roland Martin broke the story.
DEEPLY saddened to hear of the passing of Pastor Tims @ztims …praying for his family and church
The news about Pastor Timms has me messed up
Dedicate this song 2 my friend @Ztims “Well Done”, Live on TBN http://t.co/XuRD3dV via @youtube Phl 1:2 To live is Christ & to die is gain
My friend true @ztims is gone! It’s a tough pill 2 swallow. Just spoke 2 him a few days ago. He helped me put some things in perspective :(
therealmarymary Erica & Tina
Please pray for Pastor Riva Tims and her family and the loss Zachery Tims Rip
I just spoke with Bishop Donald Hilliard, by way of a PR rep of Pastor Zachery Tims, who confirmed that he passed away today in NY.
CantonJones Canton Jones
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Pastor Tims and also to New Destiny. We love you.
Here is Pastor Tims in action.