Pastor Ed Dufresne of World Harvest Church in Murrieta, California, Dies in Plane Crash After Preaching on Faith

California Pastor Ed Dufresne died in a plane crash on his way from just preaching at a church, with the pastor’s last sermon being about having faith and not fear.


In a message to a Wichita church Thursday night, California pastor Ed Dufresne talked about having faith and not fear. It would be his final message on this Earth.

Friday morning, he and his longtime pilot, Mitchell Morgan, took off from Mid-Continent Airport on the way to deliver another message at a church in Texas.

Less than 20 minutes after takeoff, shortly after 10:15 a.m., their business jet crashed in a field in southeast Sedgwick County, near 95th Street South and Webb, authorities said.

Dufresne, 72, pastor at World Harvest Church in Murrieta, Calif., and Morgan, 49, also of Murrieta, died in the crash, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said. They were the only ones on the plane.

Their deaths left at least two Kansas churches where Dufresne visited this week in shock.

“He had so much joy (Thursday night),” said Jeanette Burlie, an associate pastor at Triumphant Faith Center on South Seneca, where Dufresne spoke. “His message was very timely.”

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