This morning, Fred Winters, the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Maryville, IL, was shot and killed at the front of the church during the early morning service. You can find the story HERE.
They say it is a small world and how true that is. This evening in our small group, one of our young singles, Logan, shared that his aunt is an employee at that church. I also called one of my close pastor friends who is serving in that area and he said that he just had lunch with Fred Winters within the past month.
While the details are sketchy at this point, and there has not been a motive revealed, I am assuming that Fred Winters is enjoying a martyr’s reward as I write. May God bless and comfort his family, friends, and church.