Pastor Andrew Stoecklein, a lead pastor at the Inland Hills Church in Chino, California has committed suicide after a battle with depression and anxiety, his church announced.
“Inland Hills Church grieves with heavy hearts as our Lead Pastor Andrew Stoecklein was welcomed into Heaven on Saturday night after battling depression and anxiety. It’s not the outcome we hoped and prayed for, and today we grieve as a church family,” the megachurch said in an announcement on Facebook late Sunday.
“In his time leading Inland Hills, Andrew reached so many with his warm wit, passionate heart for God, and teaching that always, always pointed others to Jesus. The loving husband, father, son, and friend that he was will continue to inspire us in leading others into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ,” the announcement continued.
The 30-year old clergyman was rushed to the hospital on Friday, August 24th after he had tried taking his life. He died over the next day from complications from the attempted suicide.