Pastor Dies Moments after Preaching Sermon
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Nov 25
Moments after finishing his Sunday sermon, a pastor stepped behind the church stage, collapsed, and was later pronounced dead from a “cardiac event.”
The death of Eddie Crain, the children’s pastor at NorthPointe Community Church in Fresno, California, shocked the Northpointe congregation.
Charisma News reports that Crain leaves behind his wife and five sons.
Northpointe pastor Steve Williams spoke very highly of Crain.
“He literally had just poured his heart out in his passion to make a difference for kids," said Williams.
“We don't get over our grief, we get through it,” Williams continued. “We can have confidence that God walks through this with us," Williams wrote in a Facebook post. "In Hebrews 13 God promises that, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'”
"We can trust that God is good. Even when there are so many questions we just don't have the answers for — about why, why now, and what's the meaning in this? Everything that we know about God leads us to trust all that we don't understand about God.
"We're in uncharted waters as a church family, but we know that Jesus goes with us. And that we will do this together."
According to Northpointe’s website, a memorial service will be held for Crain this Sunday.
Publication date: November 25, 2015