SHOCK: Pastor Teddy Parker Jr., 41, who leads Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church in Macon, Ga., committed suicide after expressing concern over his connection to God. Parker killed himself at his Warner Robbins home while his wife and children were at his church, WMAZ-TV reports.
Rev. Teddy Parker Jr. was found dead outside his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head following Sunday service.
The Christian Post cites a 2010 sermon, “Facing Your Storm With Confidence,” in which Rev. Parker told his congregants there had been moments in his life when he did not feel his connection with God.
Pastor Teddy Parker Jr. said, “I try to pray but I don’t feel like God is hearing me.”“I try to serve but I don’t feel like God is using me. And there are times in your life when God purposely withdraws from you, he doesn’t withdraw for the sake of leaving you but he withdraws so you can grow and mature.”
According to the church’s website, Rev. Parker leaves behind wife Larrinecia Sims Parker and two daughters. Parker was said to have battled manic depression and was dealing with some emotional issues, the Christian Post reports.