Zachery Tims, senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, one of the largest congregations in Central Florida, was found dead in a New York City hotel room on Friday, according to several news sources. New Destiny had a growing membership of more than 7,500 worshipers. And the congregation was very active in the community, longtime Apopka Mayor John Land said.
It was not clear why Tims was in New York City. But WESH-TV reported that New York City Police confirmed that the 42-year-old pastor had died after being found unresponsive at about 6 p.m. in a room at the W Hotel on Broadway Avenue. The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet determined a cause of death.
Tweeted condolences began when Roland Martin broke the story.
DEEPLY saddened to hear of the passing of Pastor Tims @ztims …praying for his family and church
The news about Pastor Timms has me messed up
Dedicate this song 2 my friend @Ztims “Well Done”, Live on TBN http://t.co/XuRD3dV via @youtube Phl 1:2 To live is Christ & to die is gain
My friend true @ztims is gone! It’s a tough pill 2 swallow. Just spoke 2 him a few days ago. He helped me put some things in perspective :(
Here is Pastor Tims in action.