Senior pastor of Inland Hill Church in California, United States America, Andrew Stoecklein, has taken his life over the weekend following a long battle with anxiety and depression. Pulse.ng reports that 30-year-old Pastor Stoecklein as a result of complications sustained from the suicide attempt had been rushed to the hospital after he tried to kill himself on Friday, August 25, 2018. The church issued a statement the following day asking members to pray for their lead pastor who had been placed on life support and a prayer vigil was later held in his honor that day. The church, sharing an update on their instagram page about the incident, posted: “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 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. “And in this tragedy, we encourage anyone who is hurting emotionally to ask for help. If you or anyone else is struggling, the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255) is a potentially life-saving resource. “May we be a beacon of hope for the community, to rescue the hurting and honor the God that Andrew served so well. “Andrew, we love you. And we always will.” The post read. The pastor’s wife Kaylasteck Stoecklein also took to her instragram page to share the unfortunate news of her husbands’ death and her feelings, while advising people conceiving suicide to get help. The pastor left behind his wife, three young sons and his church.
By: Anne Clement Bassey