Florida Pastor Zachery Tims, whose body was found in a New York City hotel room in August 2011, died of a cocaine and heroin overdose, according to a medical examiner’s office. The office released the cause of death following a New York appellate court ruling on Dec. 10 upholding a lower court’s decision that the […]

In honor of the late pastor Dr. Zachery Tims, Jr., his former wife Pastor Riva Tims and their children (Zoelle, Zachery III, Zahria and Zion) are coming together with others to celebrate his life and legacy on April 18, 2013. Family, friends, local pastors and others will gather at The Kingdom Church to remember the […]

Zachery Tims was found dead on the floor of a room in New York City’s W Hotel in Times Square on Aug. 12, 2011. News reports indicate Tims, who died at the age of 42, had a plastic bag filled with white powder in his pocket, leading many to believe his death was associated with […]

New Destiny Christian Center pastor Paula White paid tribute via video to her predecessor, Reverend Zachary Tims, this past week. Paula White was installed as senior pastor of the church in January, although some New Destiny members as well as Tims’ ex-wife, Riva Tims, who heads Majestic Life Ministries in Orlando, questioned White’s appointment. Riva […]

Zachery Tim’s mysterious death last summer still reverberates through ministry. Before Christmas there was what some deemed a controversial appointment of Paula White to lead Tim’s Florida megachurch. There is the court battle over his autopsy in New York state court. Now comes the first hand account from his former wife Riva Tims, who has […]

Sealed pending appeal. That’s the status of the cause of death of Zachery Tims, the Orlando, Fla.-area mega-church pastor who died in a Times Square hotel room last August. A New York State Appellate Court ruled on the case on Tuesday. Tims’ autopsy and toxicology reports have been completed since October, but Madeline Tims, mother […]

Pastor Riva Tims has decided to drop her lawsuit against the church she co-founded, New Destiny Christian Center. In a statement posted on her Facebook page, Tims admitted that, legally, she is not able to file the suit, because she previously “released my rights to file a complaint against NDCC.” Here is her statement: “After […]

New Destiny Christian Center, the Florida mega-church founded by the late Zachery Tims, has responded to a lawsuit filed by Tims’ ex-wife, who helped found the ministry 15 years ago. In a public statement released Friday, NDCC said it wishes the best for Riva Tims and her ministry, but that she has no legal grounds to […]

Riva Tims, who founded New Destiny Christian Center in Florida with her then-husband, the late Pastor Zachary Tims, said recently she plans to file a lawsuit against the church. “The board has refused to meet with me,” Riva Tims said at a news conference. “They have refused to meet with me with in any capacity, […]

This morning on Facebook Riva Tims responded to the overwhelming requests coming in for her leadership of Florida’s New Destiny church. Here’s what she said: In response to so many of your inquiries..I have gotten an overwhelming response from my New Destiny Family to come home and/or at least minister to them. However, I have […]