Zachery Tims Dead at 42
Pastor Zachery Tims, Jr., CEO and founder of New Destiny Christian Center, of Apopka is dead.
The New York City Police Department confirmed Tims died on Friday, August 12, 2011. His body was found in room number #3711 at the W Hotel in New York’s Times Square around 6:00 p.m., WESH TV reported. There are news reports that Tims was found unresponsive on the floor of his hotel room. Autopsy results are being awaited to determine the cause of Tims’ death.
Tims is being remembered by many as one of the most inspirational preachers of his time, who kept his congregation captivated for hours as he passionately delivered the word of God.
With a church membership of 8,000+ people, Tims’ Sunday Worship Services and messages were seen worldwide in over 100 million homes daily through radio and television broadcast.
Former Orange County Commissioner Linda Stewart described Tims as a “Godly man, who touched everyone.”
“Pastor Tims is going to be missed greatly by Central Floridians,” Stewart said. “He touched the lives of many, not only his immediate flock, but all who had the good fortune to come in contact with him.”
Stewart recalled that just over one week ago, Pastor Tims and his church leaders distributed over 3,000 backpacks to struggling families and children throughout the Central Florida community, in preparation for the opening of the new school year.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Tims turned his life around from one of drug addiction and, called into the ministry, became a driven man of God. He was a well sought after guest speaker and often a special guest or host on TBN’s “Praise the Lord” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Tims has been described as a leader of leaders, an avid reality preacher and teacher who was a trailblazer to many other young preachers and Pastors.
He is survived by his widow and four children, Zoelle, Zachery III, Zaharia and Zion.