Pastor Ed Montgomery Suicide: He Cut Off All Communication and Refused Help, Church Says [UPDATE]
Lord, we pray for all of these pastors who do not have the support they need to make it through the hardest times in their life.
UPDATE on Dec. 9, 2013:
We have been following the story about Pastor Ed Montgomery of Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International church in Hazel Crest, Ill. who shot himself inside the family home in front of his son and his mother.
Apostle Ron Wilson, founder and lead pastor of the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International church in Hazel Crest, Ill., says the church is devastated for the news.
During the standoff in the home, where family tried to convince the pastor not to do this, he was recalled stating he had not slept in over a month and could not do this anymore:
“I can’t go on. I’m telling you I can’t go on. It will be the best. Do not call anyone. I don’t want to live. I don’t want to live without my wife. I don’t want this house.”
Apostle Ron Wilson stated the pastor’s grieve and depression was totally hidden from him. He did not know Pastor Ed Montgomery had been suffering in this way:
“It was totally hidden from us. That was the furthest thing from our mind about him dealing with suicidal tendencies. Secondly, we didn’t know he was dealing with depression to that level because on the exterior, he gave the appearance that he was getting through it,” said Wilson.
The Apostle stated the pastor only attended the church once a month after his wife past up until September this year and then he stopped attending altogether.
He stated the whole church family was reaching out to him but he refused help. He said they had done everything in their power to reach him through text and call but he would not respond. He also added if he had received a call about the suicide attempt, they would have been there for him and the family.
Original post on Dec. 6, 2013 below:
Chicago Pastor Ed Montgomery Takes Own Life After Hearing Dead Wife’s Voice
Christian Post reports:
An Illinois pastor who was grieving the death of his wife, whom he buried last December, reportedly fatally shot himself inside his Matteson home in front of his mother and son on Saturday, after lamenting that he was hearing her voice and footsteps.
The pastor, Ed Montgomery, and his previously deceased wife, Prophetess Jackie Montgomery, had both served at the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International church in Hazel Crest, Ill.
A senior official with the Village of Matteson Police Department confirmed on Thursday that pastor Ed Montgomery died in what “appears to have been a suicide” on Saturday. It could not be officially concluded, however, until after lab tests are complete.
The couple’s daughter called her on Saturday and confirmed the suicide.
A close friend of the Montgomery family said: “His mom had stopped over and his son was there asking dad ‘not to do it, not to do it,'” she added.
She explained that she wasn’t sure if pastor Montgomery was depressed, but she understood that he had been having the issue with his wife’s voice and footsteps for about two weeks leading up to his death.
A funeral service for the recently deceased pastor is expected to be held at the church on Monday, Dec. 9.
An announcement expressing condolences to Ed Montgomery at the passing of his wife in the Park Forest Business News last year revealed that Ed Montgomery had opened a business, Chateau Sylora Banquet Hall, with his wife in May of 2011, just a year and a half before her death.
It described the couple as strong supporters of their church.
“Ed & Jackie were very involved in their church as pastors as well as many other projects. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to all,” the announcement had noted in part.
Davis said Ed Montgomery had lost interest in the business after his wife died. She said she spoke with the family on Wednesday and “everyone’s just taking it really hard. That’s a lot to deal with, especially with the anniversary of Jackie’s death coming up.”