Jarrid Wilson, a vibrant pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in California committed suicide earlier today. He was 30.
Apparently, less than a day before he committed suicide, Wilson tweeted that “Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts” in a seemingly heads up the notion.
Harvest’s Senior Pastor Greg Laurie mentioned that “Jarrid repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles”. Additionally, he stated that Wilson “wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts”.
His suicide came as a major shock to Harvest’s church community, and the Christian community across the US. Notably, Jarrid Wilson had strongly advocated helping and supporting people who are undergoing depression. Additionally, he has been extra vocal over the past couple of weeks as September is known as the Suicide Awareness Month. Unfortunately, news of his passing reached the media on September 10, otherwise known as Suicide Awareness Day.
Aside from being known as a vibrant pastor of a megachurch, Wilson also authors books and works with foundations on mental health. Subsequently, he co-founded Anthem Of Hope, a non-profit organization aimed at reaching out to people with mental illness and depression. Wilson leaves behind his wife, Julianne, and two children.
A pastor is still a person.
Harvest Christian Fellowship Senior Pastor Greg Laurie had this to say regarding the nature of the work of pastors.
“Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not. At the end of the day, pastors are just people who need to reach out to God for His help and strength, each and every day,”
Evidently, Jarrid Wilson had his struggles and bouts with depression. Unfortunately, those struggles got the best of him. However, you don’t have to struggle with it alone. If you’re going through depression, and are having suicidal thoughts and tendencies, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your nearest friends and family. Likewise, there are groups and organizations that offer help that you can talk to.