Riverside Mega-Church Pastor, Mental Health Advocate Dies by Suicide

Rebekah Sager
September 11, 2019 - 1:46 pm

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A young pastor at a Riverside mega-church, known for his work in mental health advocacy has committed suicide. 

Jarrid Wilson joined the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church last year. He and his wife founded "Anthem of Hope," an outreach designed to help people managing depression and suicidal thoughts. 

“Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles,” Senior Pastor Greg Laurie with Harvest Christian Fellowship Church said in a statement. “He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts.”

Wilson posted on his Twitter page about his own demons, writing, "Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure depression. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure PTSD. Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure anxiety. But that doesn’t mean Jesus doesn’t offer us companionship and comfort. He ALWAYS does that."

Wilson's wife Julianne posted on her Instagram that her husband was a "loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious" man who would "give the shirt off his back."

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My loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt of his back husband went to be with Jesus late last night . No more pain, my jerry, no more struggle. You are made complete and you are finally free. Suicide and depression fed you the worst lies, but you knew the truth of Jesus and I know you’re by his side right this very second . I love you forever, Thomas jarrid Wilson, but I have to say that you being gone has completely ripped my heart out of my chest. You loved me and our boys relentlessly and I am forever grateful that i had YOU as a husband and a father to our boys . You are my forever and I will continue to let other people know of the hope in Jesus you found and spoke so boldly about . Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it. You always said “Hope Gets the last word. Jesus gets the last word”. Your life’s work has lead thousands to the feet of Jesus and your boldness to tell other about your struggle with anxiety and depression has helped so many other people feel like they weren’t alone. YOU WERE an ANTHEM OF HOPE to everyone, baby, and I’ll do my best to continue your legacy of love until my last breath . I need you, jare, but you needed Jesus to hold you and I have to be okay with that. You are everything to me. Since the day we met. J & J. Love you more . These are photos of him in his happy place - fishing the day away . I’ll teach our boys all your tricks, babe. Promise. You are my #anthemofhope

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