Pastor Riva Tims honored her vows to her late ex-husband, Pastor Zachery Tims, CEO and founder of the New Christian Destiny Center, who died suddenly last Friday in New York.
Yesterday, I attended Majestic Life, the church of Pastor Riva Tims. Upon entering the building I was welcomed by two greeters, one of whom directed me to a seat in a nearly packed auditorium. The congregation was singing, praying, praising and moving their feet as the church choir sang inspirational gospel songs.
Riva Tims asked her congregation to lift her and her family in prayer as she mourns the death of her ex-husband. Zach Tims was found dead in his hotel room at the W Hotel in New York City’s Times Square. The cause of Tims’ sudden death has still not yet been determined.
Pastor Riva had flown in from New York the night before and described how difficult it had been for her and her children, since learning of the death of her ex-husband. Nonetheless, she kept her composure and she in turn lifted the congregation and appeared buoyant.
In her sermon, Pastor Riva quoted from Psalm 119, verse 97: “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long,” and verse 67: “May my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word.”
Pastor told the congregation that she was so thankful that God had allowed her and her four children to spend time recently with their father in Puerto Rico. It was the first time that the family had spent time together since the couple divorced in 2009. Zach Tims died less than one week after the family vacation.
Pastor Riva rebuked all evil spirits in the name of Jesus and assured her flock she will survive the tragedy of her ex-husband’s passing. Then, she proceeded to greet everyone, sharing hugs and accepting encouraging words from her members. I hugged her and said, her strength was an inspiration to me and all others.
The pastor announced that the wake of Zach Tims will be held, August 19, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka. Funeral services will take place on August, 20, at the First Baptist Church of Orlando at 11:00 a.m.
Although the couple had ended their 15-year marriage two years ago due to Pastor Zachery Tims’ infidelity, Pastor Riva remained gracious and supportive of her ex-husband, even in death.
By Diomi Miller