Saturday, August 20, 2011
Pastor Zachery Tims 1969-2011
For several years I have watched TBN’s Spring Praise-A-Thon. It was one of the few opportunities to see many of the pastors I’d watch on BET, The Word Network, and TBN together on one program. Dr. Zachery Tims was one of those pastors.
With the passing of Dr. Tims last week I have seen the good and the bad side of ministry both online and in personal conversations. Many are waiting to hear what the cause of death was to further prove their point that Dr. Tims was not a true man of God. Though who are we to judge? Are we always true to our calling, to our purpose?
We only have our opinions and our thoughts. Remember that our ways are not His ways and our thoughts are not His thoughts. It’s not hard for me to believe that God places people in our lives and in positions for His purpose to be full-filled.
One of the programs of New Destiny Christian Center that has stayed with me over the years was when they built an incredible youth center for youth to attend so that they could stay out of trouble. Maybe, so that they wouldn’t have some of the same issues Dr. Tims had growing up.
Dr. Zachery Tims has shared about his growing up in a negative environment and how he fought to be a better person. Even as he continued to deal with his own personal demons, the better person continued on with his calling in life and I believe that is part of Dr. Tims legacy that no toxicology report can taint.
I send condolences to Dr. Zachery Tims’ children, Pastor Riva Tims, his family, and to his church family. For if this past week has been difficult then it will be more so today as Dr. Zachery Tims is laid to rest.
No matter how he died, Dr. Tims was still a father and still a pastor. Dr. Tims was created in God’s image and as for me I have no stones to cast as I pray for his church to continue on with his vision.