Posted by Ray Majoran
Please join us in praying for the church and family of Pastor Thomas Young (Lead Pastor at the Sanctuary Fellowship in Sugar Land, TX), who tragically died this weekend. As of this morning, here is the note that has been posted on their website:
As many of you reading this already know, last night Pastor Thomas was called to go home to be with his heavenly father. Erin and the children are physically ok and we ask that you fervently lift them up in prayer and surround them with love from our church family. We are grieved in this whole process. Many leaders from the Sanctuary Fellowship have been working hard since late Friday to minister to Erin and the children. Pastors and churches from across the country are calling, sending people to minister, and offering every kind of help possible. We are eternally grateful and count our Father faithful for all of it.
We're asking you to be patient with your desire for information as we respect the family's need for time to grieve. Please do not contact Erin or the children at this time, per their request.
Details will be shared on Sunday AM in the 10:15 service. Know that we feel it is best to do this in person with our church with as many people as possible. We will post those details on the website Sunday after worship, and as additional information is made public it will be posted there as well.
Our service on Sunday AM will be dedicated to prayer and healing through biblical grieving as we rest in the hope of Jesus.
Serving an amazing God with you-
Pastors Joe and Jimmy
UPDATE (at 12:45 today):
What a precious time of worship we had this AM. We are so amazingly blessed to have each other as a church family.
As we shared with you this morning:
-A marital dispute arose between Thomas and Erin.
-Thomas made a bad choice in how he sought to settle it, and during the dispute, took his own life.
-He was life-flighted to the hospital but did not survive long.
-Erin and the three kids are with friends, family, and church leadership, loving and supporting each other.
-No funeral service has been set at this time; we will update the website as those details come available.
There will be a time for our church family to be together for prayer and support tonight from 6-8pm at River Pointe Church's main worship center. It will be a come and go time for loving on and supporting each other. As a church we appreciate the kind words of support we’ve received from friends and family around the country. We ask that those reading this would stand with us as we grieve and suffer by praying for us and giving the family the privacy they need during this time.
Our God is with us and we trust in His incredible sovereignty.
The Past is Prologue-
The Sanctuary Staff and Leadership