This is a picture of Dr. Fred Winters, the late pastor of First Baptist Church, Maryville, Illinois, his wife Cindy and their daughters, taken from their church website.
Winters was shot to death this morning by a gunman at his church.
My heart breaks for this family in this time of loss. What a senseless tragedy. Winters served the church for over 20 years and saw it grow from 32 to over 1,200 in attendance. Pray for strength for the Winters family, the church family in Maryville, and for God to be glorified through this faithful pastor's death as he was through his life.
It is part of the Christian gospel message that God is able to take death and bring life and forgiveness from it. May our nation turn to the only real hope we have in Jesus Christ.