Funeral arrangements have been set for the New Destiny Christian Center Pastor Zachery Tims.
A viewing is scheduled for Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at New Destiny Christian Center. Funeral arrangements are set for Saturday, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Orlando.
Pastor Tims was found dead in a New York City hotel room on Friday night. He was 42.
New York City medical examiners have not yet released a cause of death for Tims.
There are new reports there was a white substance in his pockets, when he was found dead in a New York City hotel room Friday. However, investigators have not confirmed that.
When asked about those reports, a church administrator said “We all have negative in our lives. There’s always things that we do that we regret, that we might’ve done, but the most important thing to look at is the positive, 15 years of giving to this community.”
Monday night, hundreds of members of his New Destiny Christian Center packed the church to remember their pastor. His ex-wife Riva also spoke, saying Pastor Tims had just taken a vacation to Puerto Rico with his four children.
The search now begins for a new pastor and Riva Tims is among those being considered.
“She is one of the people that you can see that there’s a lot of love for her because she helped him build this ministry from where it is. It started with six people and it’s up to over 7,000 people right now and she was a very key part of that and that’s why people love her still,” said New Destiny Christian Center Executive Director Samuel Anderson.
Until the church finds a permanent pastor, there will be guest speakers, like Bishop T.D. Jakes, who has nationally broadcast television and radio shows.