How Riva Tims Honored Her Vows After Divorce


Pastor Zachery Tims and Pastor Riva Tims

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



25 COMMENTS

  1. hay baby that was a beautiful write up, very much too the point, and straight forward. I am proud of you, keep up the good work,

    love mom.

  2. Now that’s some amazing love!!! Pastor Reva Tims, you have blessed me! Thanks for posting Diomi Miller!

  3. Pastor Riva Tims , you and Dr. Zackery Tims were very christain and fine people. I begin to watch the Word Channel. I begin to love you and Dr. Tims because the Word of God was peached according to the Word of God. I will miss Dr. Tims very much ! I am so glad to know that even after you’ll divored , you’ll remained friends as suppose to be. Because you had children , I love you Pastor Tims . I mourned with you and your family and church family in my heart . I calmed you and Dr. Tims as my God children , never seen yall in person but it seem like you’ll were peaching in my prayer room , may God richly bless you you’ll in Jesus Name . Love and memeories Elder Jannie Pigford / Dixon !

  4. Hello Pastor Reva. Stay strong and keep the faith. I have to make a choice to end a marriage that is holding me from doing the things that God has called me to. You do not have to expose your business to anyone about your ex. I will miss his sermons because they really encouraged me. God Bless you and the Children. Keep Your Head Up. Daughter In the Faith Walk.

  5. Evangelist,Rva Tims,
    Praise the Lord I greet you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!,
    I was not a memeber of your church however I felt I was in the spirit your late ex-husband Pastor.Zachery Tims Jr. was a great man of God full of the spirit and whom endured the Gospel in his entirely.Which will always be remembered and deeply respected forever and that’s what I choose to remember him by not how he left here.My hope is that all will work out for you and your beautiful children and always remember that God has forgiven and has shed his blood for his mercy sake and know that the Lord has the last say and.We can not worry about the judgement of the people god’s judgement only matters now and that’s all that counts and so you and your lovely family has my sincere sympathy and condolence and.Know that god has you and your beautiful children in his hands keep pressing for your congregation,your children,your family,your friends and most of all yourself be encourged and stay faithful and focus in the Lord God bless you my sister and friend in the Lord.Peace and Blessings and you all are in my thoughts and prayers blessings and I love you forever and ever (psalms51)

  6. I must say to Riva you are blessed among woman for what you have endured as well for being the one to hold the light of integrity even when he fell for the trick of the devil hook ,line and sinker on dry land.
    May the almighty keep and bless you —GRACE AND PEACE.

  7. Riva Tims is a Fake and she knows exactly what was the cause of her ex-husband’s
    death, because she was somehow involved. why the sudden trip to Puerto
    Rico, initiated by that NON FORGIVING FALSE FAKE WITCH RIVA TIMS, RUNNING AROUND CALLING HERSELF A PREACHER, WHEN DEEP DOWN INSIDE, SHE IS THE BIGGEST DEVIL IN ORLANDO FLORIDA. HOW CAN YOU TEACH OR PREACH FORGIVENESS WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE A CLUE ABOUT FORGIVING. YOUR DAY WILL COME WHEN YOU HAVE TO MEET OUR MAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT YOU WILL HAVE TO TELL GOD. BESIDES YOU ARE THE BIGGEST GREEDY DEVIL THAT HAS BEEN FOOLING THE PEOPLE IN ORLANDO , BUT YOU CANNOT FOOL GOD. YOU WAS SO JEALOUS OF DR. ZACH, YOU COULDN’T TAKE IT, NDCC SHOULD NEVER LET YOU SET FOOT IN THAT CHURCH AGAIN, YOU LEFT WITHOUT AN EXPLANATION. YOU DO NOT BELONG IN THAT CHURCH OR IN NO PULPIT. YOU ARE EVIL RIVA TIMS AND YOU WILL PAY DEARLY FOR YOUR SINS.

  8. I am praying for you and your children, Pastor Riva. Hang onto to God’s word that promises blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted. May he continually keep you and your precious children.

  9. About 30 minutes ago in prayer I wept for your late husband Zachary Tims. I wept even more for you an your children. I know you are being ridiculed by some I just wanted you to know that a sista in Ohio loves you. Just know that NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST THEE SHALL PROSPER AND EVERY TONGUE THAT SHALL RISE AGAINST THEE IN JUDGEMENT THOU SHALT CONDEMN. YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND YOU ARE LOVED STAY ENCOURAGED!!!

  10. For those of you who have put hateful messages on here, be careful. You have no personal insight into what you are saying. Treat others the way you want to be treated. More than anything, I perceive jealousy and envy is at the root cause of the despicable comments.

  11. Listen Karolin, people have a right to freedom of speech, critisium, commentary, etc, so just say what you want and don’t worry about what anyone else is saying…OKAY

  12. Praise God Pastor Riva…may God continue to uphold you. You who are putting negative messages about the late you ought to remember that the gifts of God are of no repentance and by the way…if you know that you have never sinned then continue to judge others

  13. I hope she Finds the closure she needs.No1 gave any1 the right to judge this lady.What happened in her life is between her and herself.The public Nor the media should involve themselves in something that has not 1 iota to do with them.Thats how rumors get started.I believe she is a person like the rest of us.Even if she didnt forgive Pastor Zach,you all are not practicing what you preach.You all are failing to forgive her, ”if” its true.”Its easier to forgive than it is to forget”.It goes both ways. 😉

  14. Pastor Riva,

    You are a jewel to the body of Christ. You have proven through your obedience to Christ what a virtous woman should be. I love and honor you because you love and honor Christ. Inspite of the suffering you’ve endured; you have chosen to honor the Lord by being still and submitted to the lordship of Christ. I can’t begin to understand the extent of your pain, but I do praise God for the strength of Christ in your life. People see Christ in you and are blessed by your love for the Lord. People will talk and say negative things, but like you are constantly praying for those who lack understanding and who say untrue things about you. They don’t know your heart, but there are those of us who do know your heart. We know how you’ve suffered in silence, yet you’ve pressed on in God. The anointing on your life has increased and God is drawing people to Majestic Life because you are living and preaching holiness and the love for Christ and for one another. You have a spirit of acceptance, which is known by those who really know you. You encourage others to be all that God has ordained them to be. I love, honor, and respect you Pastor Riva.

  15. I Hate His/Her Ex by Alex Cooper is a book for anyone having difficulty coming to terms with their partner’s past relationships – brilliant read! Available on Amazon or most bookstores – Kindle or paperback!

  16. God bless you Pastor Riva. Stay strong and stay focused on the call of God on your life. And always proceed in the knowledge that only what you do for Christ will last. You shall be in my prayers.

  17. We should not be judgemental about Pastor Riva Tims she has been hurting at the end of the day Dr. Zachery Tims was marry for 15 years has four beautiful children together this is the man she share her everything with let’s put ourselves in her shoe its easy to judge people when u never been in situation before where do the luv of God is in u. Keep Riva and her children in prayer. There children are without a father now that really hurt anybody this was not a boyfriend this was husband we as christians have to have more compassion for one another God bless u and children be bless!!!

  18. I thank God for Pastor Riva. What happened in her life is not funny. God has used her story and her life to heal and encourage the likes of me who were divorced and lost in life for a decade plus. Dr. Riva, God bless you, you have lived your confession that you would overcome and we are catching up with life by watching your example.

  19. Pastor Riva
    Your life experiences minister to many. The lord will address all who malign your name. Adultery is a snare that catches those under the wrath of God. Infidelity is too gentel a word for adultery! It’s my prayer the mistresses who put this marriage assunder have repented otherwise it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgement.

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