According to the Des Moines Register on Monday, another pastor has committed suicide, and this time it is a family pastor in Iowa of the Westwind Church, 40-year-old DB Antrim. He leaves to mourn, his wife and sons.
The Westwind Church is still fairly new. They have been in existence for five years, and no deaths had occurred yet. Brandon Barker, the lead pastor wondered what the feeling would be like when the church would be challenged with death. Barker was saddened to announced to the congregation on Sunday the lose of DB Antrim.
Antrim was a husband and father, and was said to always be looking for ways to help people. According to Antrim's twitter page, his last tweet was eight days ago. There is no mention of the date of the suicide, but it occurred between last Sunday and this past Sunday.
The most recent tweets by Antrim were between his family and about assisting others. Antrim spoke of his mother and his father. He also connected with those in need of help with projects. He also invited his readers to consider who they were - to think about their very own life. Among tweets of the recent past two months, there did not appear to be any signs of a possible suicide.
Other pastors in their 40's have also committed suicide within the past year. Teddy Parker, Ed Montgomery and Isaac Hunter, all committed suicide last year. But does life have to take this course? And why are so many pastors taking their own lives - leaving loves ones behind to grieve their death and wonder what life would have been or could have been with their loved one.
Suicide begins with a thought. But it is how we choose to handle the thoughts that enter our minds that determine the course of action we take. The Bible says that, "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Corin. 10:5 (NIV)
We are saddened by this tragedy. Our prayers go out to the Antrim family and the Westwind Church. May DB Antrim's soul rest in peace.