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Pastor Who Lost Both Children in Car Accident Forgives Driver at Fault

  • Carrie Dedrick Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Jun 04

A North Carolina pastor and his wife lost both of their children in a car accident that occurred May 23. The pastor, Gentry Eddings of Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, now says that he has forgiven the driver at fault in the accident. 

As previously reported, Eddings and his pregnant wife, Hadley, were travelling from a wedding in separate cars when a truck hit the car Eddings’ wife and son were riding in. 

The Eddings’ son Dobbs died en route to the hospital. Hadley Eddings underwent an emergency C-section; the Eddings’ newborn son, Reed, died two days after delivery. 

At the children’s funeral, Gentry Eddings offered the truck driver forgiveness, according to The Christian Post.

"We have, in our hearts, forgiven the man who did this. It was not the easiest thing to do, but in some ways it was because we know — Hadley and I — that Jesus Christ has forgiven us our debt... So in some ways, it was very easy to forgive a man who made an accident,” Eddings said. 

The pastor continued that he and his wife were able to spend “precious moments” with Reed before he passed. 

"[We were] holding him in our arms before he went to be with his brother in heaven," Eddings said. 

Publication date: June 4, 2015