Pastor Darrin Patrick, a teaching pastor at Seacoast Church in South Carolina, died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound on May 7. According to the autopsy report, his death was ruled a suicide.
Pastor Dies in Shooting Incident at Age 49
In early May, leaders of the South Carolina-based multi-site Seacoast Church announced the death of fellow teaching pastor, Darrin Patrick.
“Darrin was target shooting with a friend at the time of his death. An official cause of death has not been released but it appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No foul play is suspected,” the church posted on its website.
“Darrin was a loved member of the Seacoast family, the teaching team, and pastoral staff and we are mourning his loss. Darrin had a gift for teaching the Word and a heart for encouraging other pastors. God allowed Seacoast to be a part of Darrin’s story in a time when he needed a family. He was a gift to us and we are thankful for the time the Lord gave him to us,” the statement added.
Autopsy Ruled Death Was By Suicide
According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the autopsy released on July 2, revealed that Patrick intentionally shot himself. The report indicated that a bullet fired from a rifle at close range under the chin was the cause of death. Additionally, Sheriff Steven Pelton said that police will now “be closing the case.”
Seacoast Pastors Greg and Josh Surratt released a statement regarding the Sheriff’s Department’s findings.
“Today, we learned that the medical examiner reviewing the circumstances of Darrin’s death released his findings and has ruled Darrin’s death a suicide. We do not know, and may never know or fully understand the reasons behind this tragedy,” the statement reads.
“We’ll recommit ourselves to loving those around us and making sure that they truly know how precious their lives are. Therefore, we urge anyone who is struggling with depression, despair, or suicidal thoughts to reach out for help.”
Patrick’s Controversial Past
Patrick, who also founded The Journey megachurch in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2002, was fired from his position in 2016. The church determined that Patrick could not continue his ministry due to a “deep historical pattern of sin.”
As a result, Patrick resigned from his position as vice president of the Acts 29 Network.
“Grievously, we need to share with you some very troubling news. In recent weeks, substantive allegations of pastoral misconduct arose against Pastor Darrin Patrick and were eventually confirmed,” the church elders wrote.
Patrick apologized to his church for his devastating acts of sin. “I am utterly horrified by the depth of my sin… I am so deeply and terribly sorry for the pain that my sin is causing you, as well as the broken trust that my sin has clearly produced.”