A Georgia preacher has committed suicide just days after telling his congregation that he felt disconnected from God.
Rev. Teddy Parker shot himself in the head outside his home while his 800 member congregation waited for him conduct the Sunday service.
The 42-year-old senior pastor of Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church was discovered by his wife, Larrinecia Parker, 38, in the driveway of their Warner Robins house.
Houston County Sheriff confirmed that he died from a “self-inflicted gunshot.”
Church member, Russell Rowland said the congregation are still in shock.
“I’m very surprised because he didn’t preach that,” he told the Christian Post. “He preached totally against it. It’s something that the congregation don’t really understand.”
In a recent sermon posted on YouTube titled “Facing Your Storm With Confidence” Parker admitted that he had struggled to stay motivated as a man of God.
“You know a lot of times, we feel like when we are going through stuff and it’s a lot that there’s nobody there with us,” he confessed.
“I know y’all been saved a long time. I know you super spiritual and you know you real holy but there are times in your life, not y’all but me. There are times in my life when I’m going through some stuff where I can’t feel God there.
“I try to pray but I don’t feel like God is hearing me,” Parker confessed “I try to serve but I don’t feel like God is using me.
“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.”
Church spokeswoman Lakesia Toomer said that they wish to keep the matter private at this time.
“We consider this a private matter between the family and the BMZ church family. We kindly ask that the public respects our privacy at this time,” she said.