Southern California megachurch Pastor Jarrid Wilson died on Monday by suicide.
The 30-year-old Wilson was a noted mental health advocate. He co-founded Anthem of Hope, a group that is meant to help people dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Wilson was associate pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside. He leaves behind his wife, Julianne, and two sons, Finch and Denham.
He served under Pastor Greg Laurie, who announced the tragic news through social media.
“It is with the deepest sadness and shock that I have to report that @jarridwilson went to be with the Lord last night. At a time like this, there are just no words. The Bible says, ‘There is a time to mourn.’ This is certainly that time,” Laurie wrote.
Laurie went on to say that Wilson was a “vibrant” and “positive” person.
“Jarrid loved the Lord and had a servant’s heart. He was vibrant, positive, and was always serving and helping others. Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles. He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts,” Laurie wrote.
He said many people speak out on the issues that directly affect them, which explains Wilson’s mental health advocacy.
“Over the years, I have found that people speak out about what they struggle with the most. One dark moment in a Christian’s life cannot undo what Christ did for us on the cross,” he wrote.
“Please keep Juli and Jarrid’s family in prayer. The Harvest family has lost a bright light. Pray for us as we grieve together. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help,” he later added.
Wilson’s wife also wrote of her husband’s passing.
“My loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt of his back husband went to be with Jesus late last night,” she wrote.
She promised to continue her husband’s advocacy in his absence.
“You are my forever and I will continue to let other people know of the hope in Jesus you found and spoke so boldly about,” she wrote. “Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it. You always said ‘Hope Gets the last word. Jesus gets the last word.’ Your life’s work has lead thousands to the feet of Jesus and your boldness to tell other about your struggle with anxiety and depression has helped so many other people feel like they weren’t alone. YOU WERE an ANTHEM OF HOPE to everyone, baby, and I’ll do my best to continue your legacy of love until my last breath.”
Harvest Christian Fellowship posted the following message with Wilson’s Memoriam:
“If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at tel:1-800-273-TALK (8255).”
Others took to social media to express their sorrow over Wilson’s passing.
Friends with mental illness we aren't going to be able to make sense of @JarridWilson's death. You and I know the most horrific part of our diseases is that they don't make sense. We won't be able to read enough articles or tributes to feel less shattered, scared or despairing.
— Holly Stallcup (@HollyStallcup) September 10, 2019
Depressed? Stressed? Overwhelmed? This is just as season. You will come out of this stronger.
— Jarrid Wilson pic.twitter.com/S6YoeSu7GJ
— Jael Madrinian (@jaelmadrinian) September 11, 2019
Whe our circumstances are different, @juliwilson is finding herself to be a single mom and young widow far too young like i did. Please give as you are able.
Jarrid was a good man and mental health advocate, and the world is poorer with his absence.
— Shannon Dingle (@ShannonDingle) September 11, 2019
— Jonathan Merritt (@JonathanMerritt) September 10, 2019
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