Aug 26, 2011

Thousands filled the pews at the funeral service for megachurch pastor, Zachary Tims, Jr.  It was another megachurch pastor, T.D. Jakes, that delivered the eulogy for Tims who was the founding pastor of New Destiny Christian Center near Orlando.  During his eulogy, Jakes compared Tims to the biblical Jacob, "a man with many problems and defects who was renamed Israel."
"The names represented two different sides of the same person, Jakes said, just as 'Dr. Tims' was different from 'Zach.'"

"I don't know what happened in that room in New York, but I can only hope that as Zach was dying, Dr. Tims stood up," Jakes said.

According to the church Web site, in 1996, Tims "was sent out by his pastor in Baltimore, Md., to begin a work in Orlando. This move was one of great faith as Dr. Tims and his family left behind a lucrative job, a luxurious home, and a high-ranking position in the ministry that they attended." The church started with a handful to grow into a 8,000-member church in central Florida and reached millions via television and radio shows.

Since his death, congregants, friends and fellow clergy have expressed their sentiments through videos and social media, sharing their thoughts about a man many described as compassionate and charismatic. Many mourners expressed their condolences on the church's Facebook page .



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