A 30-year-old pastor from California who was married and had three children, but who was struggling with depression, committed suicide last week and his wife wrote him an emotional tribute.
Andrew Stocklein, the main pastor of the Inland Hills mega church in Chino, attempted to take his own life last week after returning to his church duties after a long time away to deal with his depression and anxiety. He did it the next day.
"Last night, the love of my life, the father of my children and the pastor of our incredible church, took their last breath and went to Jesus," wrote his wife Kayla Stoecklein in his tribute to Instagram.
"He is now in heaven with his father, free of pain, free of depression and anxiety."
Pastor Andrew Stocklein was 30 when he committed suicide last week after a battle against depression and anxiety, his wife Kayla (pictured along with her three children) published a touching tribute to her late husband
Kayla's tribute to her husband was published in the days after her suicide on Saturday of last week. She referred to the beloved husband and father
Her beautiful tribute touched not only the bond she had with her congregation, but also her bond as a couple and family.
"He was an amazing husband, he really made me feel better, he made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world and he loved me deeply." We adjusted very well together, we were one. He was an incredible daddy, his three children will miss him a lot, "Kayla added.
And the loving mother and window added heartbreakingly. I do not know how I am going to face this, I am completely disconsolate, lost and empty. Never in a million years would I have imagined that this would be the end of his story. "
Chino police was first called to church last Friday after Andrew made a suicide attempt inside the church, according to the Christian Post.
It happened on Saturday, but the police would not reveal any details.
As his wife gets rid of the loss, he asks anyone who is dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts to seek help.
& # 39; If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or actions, please tell someone. Make sure you are not alone and call a friend or family member before making that irreversible decision. You are loved and valued more than you think! ", He added in his tribute.
Andrew was the senior pastor at the church in Inland Hills in Chino (pictured speaking to his congregation from the stage)
Andrew was the senior pastor at the mega church, Inland Hills in Chino, California, where his congregation is still reconciling with his untimely death.
Andrew's father, who founded Inland Hills Church, died in 2015 of cancer at the age of 55.
A clinical psychologist and fellow pastor, Fernando Garzón, told CBN News about the unique pressures facing pastoralists.
"Pastors have a real challenge in the sense that they give so much to so many people," he said, "and many times the standard of behavior and behavior for pastors is much greater than feeling isolated."
The church has created a GoFundMe page for the pastor's family.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) has trained counselors who answer calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.