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Megachurch Pastor and Mental Health Advocate Jarrid Wilson Dies by Suicide

Jarrid Wilson, associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, died on Monday, September 9th, by committing suicide on the eve of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Greg Laurie, senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship, announced the passing away of Jarrid on his Facebook page and Instagram.

“Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles,” wrote Pastor Greg on Facebook.

Jarrid and his wife, Juli had also founded an outreach organization named “Anthem of Hope” to help people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.

On Monday, Jarrid had tweeted about him officiating the funeral of a Christian woman who had taken her life. Later that day he had also tweeted that, “Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure depression. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure PTSD. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure anxiety. But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort. He ALWAYS does that.”

“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,” wrote Pastor Greg on Facebook.

My loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt of his back husband went to be with Jesus late last night . No more pain, my jerry, no more struggle. You are made complete and you are finally free. Suicide and depression fed you the worst lies, but you knew the truth of Jesus and I know you’re by his side right this very second . I love you forever, Thomas jarrid Wilson, but I have to say that you being gone has completely ripped my heart out of my chest. You loved me and our boys relentlessly and I am forever grateful that i had YOU as a husband and a father to our boys . You are my forever and I will continue to let other people know of the hope in Jesus you found and spoke so boldly about . Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it. You always said “Hope Gets the last word. Jesus gets the last word”. Your life’s work has lead thousands to the feet of Jesus and your boldness to tell other about your struggle with anxiety and depression has helped so many other people feel like they weren’t alone. 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 . I need you, jare, but you needed Jesus to hold you and I have to be okay with that. You are everything to me. Since the day we met. J & J. Love you more . These are photos of him in his happy place – fishing the day away . I’ll teach our boys all your tricks, babe. Promise. You are my #anthemofhope

98.9k Likes, 6,045 Comments – Julianne Wilson 🌿 (@itsjuliwilson) on Instagram: “My loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt of his back…”

Juli his wife posted a video of Jarrid playing with his son in the baseball field around 7:30 pm and wrote that she was watching the video again and again.

“Can’t sleep, so I’m watching this video over and over again. I took this on Monday evening around 7:30 pm at our son’s baseball practice. By 11:45 that night, my sweet husband was in the presence of Jesus. I love you, Jarrid. I miss you beyond what my heart can stand. Thank you for loving our boys and I with the greatest passion and selflessness I’ve ever seen or felt in my entire life .

I’d do anything for a hug from you right now. I keep hearing on repeat what you told me all day every single day, “gosh I frieking (how he always spelled it) love you.” Longing to be with you, longing to make you proud. The boys and I miss you so much. I frieking love you too. So much more than you could ever know. Wish I could tell you that right now. We all do,” wrote Juli on Instagram.

Pray for Jarrid’s wife Juli, their two sons and the bereaved church members.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, visit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA).

Can’t sleep, so I’m watching this video over and over again . I took this on Monday evening around 7:30 pm at our son’s baseball practice. By 11:45 that night, my sweet husband was in the presence of Jesus. I love you, jarrid. I miss you beyond what my heart can stand. Thank you for loving our boys and I with the greatest passion and selflessness I’ve ever seen or felt in my entire life . I’d do anything for a hug from you right now. I keep hearing on repeat what you told me all day every single day, “gosh I frieking (how he always spelled it) love you.” Longing to be with you, longing to make you proud. The boys and I miss you so much. I frieking love you too. So much more than you could ever know. Wish I could tell you that right now. We all do .

52.4k Likes, 3,226 Comments – Julianne Wilson 🌿 (@itsjuliwilson) on Instagram: “Can’t sleep, so I’m watching this video over and over again . I took this on Monday evening around…”

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